Welcome to Meanwhile in the SGV, a regular collection of San Gabriel Valley updates from Eater’s roving reporter, Jim Thurman. This month, a century-old Beijing restaurant doesn’t last a year here, Anhui cuisine departs, and the return of Hunan-style rice noodles.
Rowland Heights: Peking duck specialist Bian Yi Fang has been around 122 years in Beijing, but didn’t last a year in Rowland Heights. Their first U.S. branch, located in the Pearl Plaza, has shuttered.
Somewhat aptly, the replacement is an eastern branch of Beijing Restaurant. With their main SGV rival for Beijing-style eats, Beijing Tasty House, having opened a nearby eastern outlet a few months ago, this seemed inevitable. The menu appears to be the same as their original location in San Gabriel’s Life Plaza. 18888 Labin Ct.
Alhambra: One of the best spots for true British-style fish and chips in all of greater L.A., Hot Red Bus, closed early last month. The closure leaves a truly unique void in the SGV scene. 31 E. Main St.
Monterey Park: As reported here earlier, Daw Yee Myanmar Café has closed. While a big loss, it’s worth reminding that there are still four restaurants in the SGV that serve Burmese cuisine: Ah May, Cetaya Mon, NADI Myanmar and Yoma. 111 N. Rural Dr.
San Gabriel: China Taste, The only restaurant in the SGV representing Anhui-style cuisine, one of China's "Eight Great Cuisines", has closed. The restaurant opened in January. The replacement is Ba Ba, which surprise of all surprises, serves hot pots and beer. The posted menu seems to be all over the place, but the signage of a Norseman hoisting foamy beer filled steins in each hand, one with a U.S. flag and one with a Chinese flag, is rather epic. 529 E. Valley Blvd.
Monterey Park: Having closed earlier this year, No. 1 Charcoal BBQ has resurfaced a short distance away. Originally located on Garfield, below Garvey, they've re-opened on Chandler, above Garvey (got that?), replacing Osho Sushi.
As the name would imply, this place skews to skewers. In addition to the skewered items, lamb noodle soups, appetizers and pan-fried dumplings are available, including mackerel-filled dumplings. Beer, wine, and sake are available and the restaurant is open until 2 a.m. on weeknights, 3 a.m. on weekends. 112 N. Chandler Ave.
City of Industry: And now, for something completely different: Hunan-style rice noodles. Mifen House serves four Hunan-style rice noodle bowls, fittingly three of them featuring pork. This marks the first Hunan-style noodle concept in the SGV since Noodle King in 2014. The menu is rounded out by a couple of other bowls and some appetizers. It replaces Hot Spot, making this a shocking rarity in being a non-hot pot place replacing a hot pot place. 18246 Gale Ave., Suite B
Monterey Park: Teto Sweets, the incredibly cute little coffee and cheesecake place, closed over the summer. It was briefly replaced by a dumpling house that closed within two months, perhaps without posting signage or gaining a single Yelp review. The new replacement is JP Sushi Japanese Kitchen, continuing what seems to be a tradition of the location housing Japanese restaurants, one of which was okonomiyaki specialist Gottsui. 610 E. Garvey Ave.
Alhambra: One hot pot place in, one hot pot place out, as White Prawn has opened, replacing Element. The menu touts Australian Wagyu beef, New Zealand lamb and live seafood (at market prices) for hot pots, along with more standard hot pot ingredients. Prior to Element, the location was Canoodles. 46 W. Valley Blvd.
Monterey Park: A new Taiwanese eatery, Gi Gi Tea House, has opened. Despite the name, this is a boba-less place that features a fairly standard menu of some Taiwanese dishes. It replaces Farm Cuisine, which billed itself as healthful and organic. 122 W. Garvey Ave., Unit C