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Oh My Pan Gives 85°C A Run For Its Sea Salt Lattes, More

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Welcome to Meanwhile, In SGV a 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.

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1) Rosemead: Quan Mien Trung, covered last year by JGold, has shuttered after a two year run. Pho Valley, the replacement, is currently offering free Thai Tea and soft drinks. The menu includes a Northern style pho "bac," central style bun bo Hue, as well as bun cha Ha Noi & bun rieu. 8632 E Valley Blvd Ste J

2) Rowland Heights: Kula Sushi has replaced Life Plaza restaurant, located inside Diamond Plaza. Kula grand opened at the end of August just in time to attract old visitors back to the ghost town plaza. This is the second LA restaurant by the Japanese sushi chain which touts "fresh, natural, organic" products. Each plate on the kaiten conveyor belt is $2. Kula USA is currently seeking franchisees in both California and Vegas, with a target of 25 additional stores in the next 5 years. 1370 Fullerton Rd
3) San Gabriel: SGVers have been flocking to the recently launched 85°C cafe and bakery in Hacienda Heights the last few weeks, leaving the newly opened Oh My Pan mostly unnoticed. This is also a bona fide Taiwanese owned/operated bakery, with daily baked breads, "pan," and the most affordable brick toast line-up in all of SG Valley. While the espresso equipment has been in place since opening, the owner advised they're still waiting for Taiwanese beans to arrive, so no espresso drinks just yet. Just remember: OMP's menu sports a sea salt caramel latte a la 85°, but it will be made with individually pulled espresso, and each milk tea drink (with our without boba) is hand shaken to order. OMP is open until 11PM, serves a monster version of brick toast, and has outdoor patio seating along with free wifi. 801 E Valley Blvd Ste 105-106

4) San Gabriel: Cafe Nhac, most infamous for getting shot up by suspected gang members, has finally closed. It was immediately replaced by Sao Lang. Expect $4 ca phe sua da and avocado shakes, and hopefully fewer flying bullets. 737 E Valley Blvd

5) Alhambra: Previously known as Little London Fish and Chips, Borneo received new signage (and a slight remodeling) proclaiming the restaurant as now wholly Kalimantan (the Indonesian side of Borneo). The LA Times provided coverage here. 19 S Garfield Ave Ste A

— TC

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