Welcome to Meanwhile, In SGV a new regular feature in which TC, our fearless leader in all things San Gabriel Valley, brings word of restaurant openings, closings, and other unsung, curious neighborhood goings on.
1) Monterey Park: On April 1 Ricardo Diaz (Cook's Tortas, Guisados) soft re-opened his Mexican eatery Dorados in a new home on S. Atlantic Boulevard. Expect a rather distinct seafood menu differing from Guisados, perhaps the tasty ceviches will ameliorate the pain caused by the closing of Fleur de Lys, a lovely and much missed local patisserie. 440 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park
2) Monterey Park: Hoy Ka Monterey Park is now offering khai grataa. This is a Vietnamese derived Issan-style breakfast featuring two eggs fried and served in a skillet topped with sliced Chinese-style sausages, minced pork/beef/chicken, and... wait for it, American cheese. To wash it down, guests are offered hot Thai coffee or tea, and a baguette. Available only on weekends. 230 N Garfield Ave # D12, Monterey Park; 626-927-9629
3) San Gabriel: Yu Pin, the utter disaster that replaced Bamboodles, a J.Gold praised noodle shop, has shuttered after less than two months. The new venture is called Thousands Tasty, and a beer/wine license application was submitted on March 25. We can only hope the new establishment will serve something better than limp noodles along with beer. 535 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel
4) Alhambra: Good One Restaurant, which opened early February in the old Rainbow Noodle space within Valley Supermarket plaza, suddenly closed last weekend. A drive-by reveals a "STOPPED BUSINESS" sign taped to the front door and boxes of wood flooring ready to be installed. Apparently the owners had a design regret. 1281 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra