Los Angeles Chinatown, like it's counterpart in Manhattan is going through a gentrification phase in which non-Chinese restaurants and businesses have moved in. Latest evidence here is the upcoming opening of Little Jewel of New Orleans, which appears to be a deli and grocery operation, right next to ABC Seafood. This is the space most recently occupied by Hoy King, and occupied for many years by Yuan Ten and for you real old timers, Chung Mee. Apparently during the renovation, Little Jewel found some interesting artifacts dating back to when the building was part of the North Spring Street Chinatown, which as some of us remember was a separate Chinese community that was a few blocks away from Broadway Chinatown, the two once being separated a large patch of non-Chinese businesses.
And speaking of ABC Seafood, signs on the exterior indicate that they now serve dim sum in their dining room, cooked to order. Previously dim sum was available in the take out section, and only available in the dining room by request to be carried over from the take out area. And until the new Empress Pavilion reopens, CBS Seafood is doing swell with a mob of people waiting to get in for Saturday afternoon dim sum.