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Northern Cafe Brings SGV-Level Dumplings Into Beverly Blvd’s M Con Space

SGV’s standout concepts are injecting themselves into LA’s central core

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The new Northern Cafe on Beverly
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.

Looks like a flip of sorts for Beverly Boulevard, as the quiet M Con has closed to make room for a surprising new tenant: Northern Cafe. The still-fresh corner location at Beverly and Alfred is down for a bit of construction, but signage for Northern Cafe is already up.

M Con was a second effort from owner Jeffrey Ko (he also owns a place in Hollywood), who tried to bring an eclectic menu of sandwiches on scallion buns, grain bowls, and salads to the area, but the place never seemed to catch on with a wider audience. Add in all the competition in that area, as well as the massive upcoming changes to the Beverly Center, and ultimately M Con hit the skids after just a year.

So now comes Northern Cafe, a Chinese restaurant with its backbone in the San Gabriel Valley but an outlet in Westwood. That iteration has been doing brisk business since basically day one, which puts this new Beverly address in a prime position to succeed. Perhaps the nearest direct dumpling competition comes from ROC on West Third Street, or Bao Dim Sum House.

No word just yet on when Northern Cafe will emerge at the corner of Beverly and Alfred, but it’s probably a safe assumption to check back in the summertime. Until then, there’s always the quirky new dumpling spot Little Highness in Beverly Hills to know about.

Northern Cafe Beverly
8459 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA