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Sandwich Favorites Wax Paper Debut Their Chinatown Shop Tomorrow

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The Frogtown originals get a second (and bigger) new home

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A recent Wax Paper special
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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.

Well that didn’t take long. Just a few weeks after word got out about Wax Paper’s new sandwich spot opening in Chinatown, it seems the place is ready to serve. Eater has confirmed that the first day of service at the company’s second location on Broadway will be tomorrow, Saturday, December 15.

This new Wax Paper is a follow-up to the still-operating original, a clamshell of a place pushed inside a repurposed shipping container in Frogtown, right by the Los Angeles River. From there, owners Lauren and Peter Lemos have built a cult-like following for their sandwiches and sides, leading devotees to stand in long lines for options like the Larry Mantle, offered with bologna, salami, spicy aioli, and more. Each of Wax Paper’s sandwiches are named for various NPR hosts.

This new Chinatown location is a fair bit bigger than the original, clocking in at around 1,000 square feet. The restaurant is part of the changing United Foods Building directly across the street from Far East Plaza, which is riddled with modern restaurant storefronts from Howlin’ Ray’s to Chego to Now Serving, the cookbook and kitchen accoutrement shop. The United Foods project will also include other food tenants as well, like the incoming L.A. Brisket. Meanwhile, the Lemos’ still plan to return to Frogtown with another, different restaurant down the line as well, to be called Lingua Franca.

The Wax Paper reveal in Chinatown goes down at 11 a.m. tomorrow. During the busy holiday season, the plan will be to do lunchtime hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or sold out), Monday through Saturday. Wax Paper Chinatown will also be closed from December 23 to January 6. The opening menu is below.

Wax Paper. 736 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA.