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.
1) San Gabriel: 818 Shaokhao, once reviewed by Mr. Gold, has re-opened at the old Fishermen’s Wharf space in front of DNA Lounge (where half of San Gabriel Valley goes to break their legal drinking virginity). The old location (actually at "818" Valley) was sold to Yi's World International Group last fall. With the club space comes a liquor license, thus turning the skewer center into a complete yakitori-ya. This is San Gabriel's answer to Monterey Park's Shin Sen Gumi. 250 W Valley Blvd.
2) San Gabriel: One-year-old Cajun Symphony is gone. Boiling Point is coming. This crab boil place was the second faux-Cajun joint in the same plaza, and now the plaza is devoid of crawfish boils. Will San Gabriel Valley ever tire of stinky tofu? Doesn’t seem so. 250 W Valley Ave.
3) Monterey Park: Ace Kitchen’s remodel is finally complete, but it's not reopening. Lease sign is up. 122 W Garvey Ave.
4) Alhambra: Harbor Kitchen, the HK cafe which existed at the corner of Garfield and Valley Blvd in Alhambra since the middle of the last decade as Regent Cafe, is gone. The entire parcel, including the vast parking lot, will be converted to a medical plaza. With the death of Harbor Kitchen, Garfield and Valley, an intersection which once occupied three Cantonese seafood houses, is now seafood-less. 1411 S Garfield Ave.