Welcome to Meanwhile In SGV a regular feature in which Tony Chen, the fearless leader in all things San Gabriel Valley, brings word of restaurant openings, closings, and other unsung, curious neighborhood goings on.
1) Alhambra: My Way Hot Pot has been taken over by a Japanese-Chinese fusion ramen joint. Kaiooramen's signature dish is the sesame ramen. There's tsukemen, but there's also wonton ramen to appease the locals. Also to bribe the discount-loving Chinese, Kaiooramen is already on restaurant.com 1261 E Valley Blvd
2) Monterey Park: Johnny Rockets, which opened at the debut of Atlantic Time Square, will be taken over by PappaRich, the Malaysian equivalent of Denny's. Atlantic Time Square's conditional approval was originally hinged on the property management firm bringing in national franchises, but no one wanted Johnny Rockets when there's boba milk tea and shaved snow in the plaza. With the closure of both Pasadena PappaRich and Ktown PappaRich, this Monterey Park outfit will become PappaRich USA's new flagship restaurant. 500 N Atlantic Blvd Ste 116
3) West Covina: The second branch of the Millenial-friendly Factory Tea Bar is currently down due to a destroyed electric meter. No mention of when the tea lounge, replete with beach sand, will reopen. 969 S Glendora Ave Unit A
4) West Covina: Boiling Pit Chinese Kebab is taking over the space long ditched by Video 42. Boiling Pit is the Swiss-Knife Chinese restaurant of the year, and will offer a multitude of hot Chinese food trends: lamb skewers, hot pots, and beer. 937 S Glendora Ave
5) Rowland Heights: Proving once again hot potting is the ultimate Chinese kryptonite, Uni-Boil opened recently at the Hong Kong Supermarket Plaza. It features Taiwanese-style individual hot pots. Hence, "Uni" in the time... 18406 Colima Rd Ste C