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) Rosemead: Monja, one of SGV's great Taiwanese restaurants, recently launched a second branch in "The Square" plaza, replacing Pho 89. The new location is twice as big as the original in Rowland Heights and features large wall murals of Taiwan street markets, as well the famous "red grain" fried pork chop rice.
2) Monterey Park: Gomaichi, a restaurant which participated in the Ramen Yokocho festival, grand opens October 16 in place of Tokyo Ramen. The new place isn't a ramen-focused restaurant, but an izakaya delivering the affordable Japanese beer experience. This is Gomaichi Hawaii's first restaurant in LA. 816 S Atlantic Blvd.
3) Alhambra: Ray Ray's Eat to The Beat, unreleated to R2 Ray Ray, has shuttered. Ray Ray's started as Ekiben Sushi in 1992 and the retail storefront converted into a self-serve record jukebox/fusiony Japanese lunch shop in 2007. Apparently Ray Ray's lunch-only hours never caught on. 1900 W. Valley Blvd.