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China Cafe Reopens Friday at Grand Central Market With One Big Giveaway

Free wonton soup for the first 100 people in line, starting at 11 a.m. sharp

China Cafe Wonton Soup
Wonton soup from China Cafe
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Great news for fans of Downtown’s Grand Central Market: One of their most tenured vendors returns this week following a months-long overhaul. The beloved China Cafe is one of the most trafficked stalls in all the GCM land (even after all these years) thanks to their prominent location, friendly staff, and that famous wonton soup.

Now you can get said wonton soup for absolutely free on Friday only, if you’re willing to line up and wait. To celebrate the stall’s fresh new look and ultimate reopening, owners Rinco and Susie Cheung and Jie Li are handing out free bowls to the first 100 people in line, starting at 11 a.m.

That 100 number isn’t just nice and round, either — it’s entirely on purpose. The whole Grand Central Market facility this year celebrates a full century of serving Downtown, and the team behind the market has loads of other fun stuff in store. For this week though it’s all about China Cafe, which has been operational at the same site since the 1950s, and hopes for many more decades to come.

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