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) Hacienda Heights: Shanghailander Palace soft opened September 21. There won't be lunch service during soft-opening, however management promises Shanghai style dim sum. Proprietor Charles Lu, an long time Monterey Park insurance agent, has been working on this space (previously Coco's) for well over a year. With three imported steel containers of Made in Shanghai decor, custom ceramics, and furniture, as well as a liquor license, this promises to be the Shanghainese restaurant with the cache to match the fauxpulence of Shanghai No. 1. 1695 S Azusa Ave.
2) West Covina: Gelatissimo grand opened September 21 at the McIntyre Square. This is the same center that will hold the upcoming 85°C (which has been delayed from September into "winter"), as well as a Guppy House. 2682 E Garvey Ave. South
3) San Gabriel: Imperial City is open after a quick bout of construction. This is the third hot potting iteration at this location. Originally, the third floor restaurant was a reverse shanzai (knock-off) Little Sheep, the massive hot potting restaurant chain in China. 227 W Valley Blvd.
4) Alhambra: Hot Red Bus, citing equipment issues, has rolled its soft opening from September 15 to September 29. 31 E Main St.
5) Alhambra: Avalanche Shave Ice opened this month, taking over a melted froyo shop. This isn't a Taiwanese style shaved snow shop, but more of an Hawaiian style joint. Look for li hing mui powder instead of bobas. 401 W Main St.
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