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Pok Pok Phat Thai Chinatown Waiting For Final Go-Ahead From Health Department

They were initially shut down for failing to have a licensed facility.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Andy Ricker's currently in Thailand eating his way through Chiang Mai, but his first L.A. restaurant venture, Pok Pok Phat Thai, is waiting for the go-ahead from the health department to open in Chinatown. A notice on the front of the store does say that the place was shut down due to L.A. County Code 114381, which is a violation of operating an unlicensed facility. Does this mean that Ricker was trying to operate Phat Thai without a license?

Either way, Eater caught an early look inside the first of two Chinatown Pok Poks. The whimsical, colorful interior is really tiny. In fact, it's almost like a take out counter with just a few bar seats. Most of the dining will have to happen outside on picnic tables (which could be limiting if the weather's cold).