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) Alhambra: When Sizzler in Alhambra closed earlier this year, the public mulled all over what would be the best fit for the large corner location. The answer: OO-Kook's third branch. Instead of expanding in the hyper crowded K-Town market, OO-Kook will be solidifying its position East of the 710 by opening a second SGV branch. In addition to the regular KBBQ menu, Alhambra's OO-Kook will be a soondubu house as well. After all, the Chinese population fiends for the spicy tofu pots. 2201 W. Commonwealth Ave.
2) Alhambra: Hot Red Bus is finally getting its alcohol license. A pint of Strongbow or Boddington would be lovely with those huge orders of fish and chips. 31 E. Main St.
3) MontereyPark: The recently opened Gomaichi has already completely revamped its menu. As of December, the restaurant, with origins in Hawaii, is now a ramen-ya focusing mostly on shoyu ramen and tan tan mien. Side dishes mostly center on chicken and there is still beer. 816 S. Atlantic Blvd.