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) Monterey Park: Daw Yee Myanmar Cafe grand opened February 14 and featured a prix fixe five-course Burmese Valentine's menu on its very first day. Daw Yee is the effort of Delyn Chow, a second-generation Burmese chef/restaurant operator and a native of Monterey Park. Daw Yee, named after Chow's mother, increases the number of Burmese restaurants in Monterey Park by 100%, and the number of Burmese restaurants in L.A. county by 33%. The restaurant sits at the site of a former Cantonese bakery and also carries a small selection of Burmese food ingredients. Look for kima platha, ohnoh khao soi, lamb curry, and farluda (rose flavor milk dessert) on the menu.
2) Alhambra: Cha Cha Chili is opening a second branch. Gavin Cha took over the Red Hot Kitchen in El Sereno two years ago, and has since garnered a following from Cal State LA students as well as USC Medical Center workers. After failing to secure a restaurant lease in Burbank, Cha found his second location at the short-lived 15 Cats Cafe space. Expect Korean-Mexican cuisine (short rib chimichanga, Korean Philly cheese steak) with beer and wine. 640 W Valley Blvd.
3) Alhambra: 101 Tea Lounge, the tea house pop-up concept from 101 Bakery, will not reopen after its three month stint last summer. A new lease for a franchise called Salad Farm has been signed. This will mark the chain's fifth location. 301 W Main St.