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: Yukinori Nakamoto's popular Hacienda Heights noodle house, Ramen Yukinoya, has opened a third branch in Monterey Park. Yukinoya's second branch was in Arcadia, and this third branch takes over the short lived (and often foul-smelling) Gomaichi. A beer/wine license is already set in place. 816 S Atlantic Blvd
2) Alhambra: Honey Badger Cafe has opened a second outlet. Instead of just teas and sandwiches, Honey Badger Restaurant is a full-fledged sit-down concept based on house-made noodles. Simultaneously, Honey Badger is selling the fresh noodles at Alhambra Farmers Market on Sundays. 555 W Main St
3) Monterey Park: A new barbeque skewers shack, with picnic benches no less, is opening shortly. No 1 Charcoal BBQ (as opposed to Fortune No. 1) took over Duffy's Liquor. Oddly, there is no active liquor license applicable for this location as the liquor store's liquor license has been transferred to a new location. 220 S Garfield Ave
4) Industry: ChickenPapa, a popular fry-shack in Shanghai, has opened its first franchise in the SGV. The restaurant's focus is not Chengdu style "bobo chicken", but rather giant pork schnitzel, fried chicken, and a smorgasbord of fried meats on a stick. 18226 Gale Ave #B
5) Rowland Heights: Tasty Dining, the two-year old specialist in Wuhan style dry-pot cooking, has opened a second branch. The new location is inside the busy Yes Plaza, and it is named Qi Wei Kitchen. 1741 Fullerton Road