Just like that, Northern Cafe is open along Beverly Boulevard. Housed inside the former M-Con space just east of La Cienega, the sunny newcomer works a menu of dumplings, noodles, and other specialties like fried rice, wontons, mapo tofu, and dan dan noodles.
Northern Cafe has made it a mission to expand into traditionally non-Chinese neighborhoods, including a push into UCLA-adjacent Westwood last year. That location has become something of a bellwether, encouraging the company to take over their new corner Beverly Grove address. The space is strikingly similar from the M-Con days (hence the fast turnaround), with wooden booths, two- and four-tops spreading to the back, and a counter for ordering up front.
As of this very second, workers are hitting the sidewalk, handing out menus (seen below) and welcoming in new guests. Word is that between June 25 and July 3, the restaurant will also be doing a 15% discount on the total bill in order to welcome in the new neighborhood. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
8459 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA