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Monterey Palace Set To Open Branch in San Gabriel--Will San Gabriel Retaliate?

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Monterey Palace Set To Open Branch in San Gabriel--Will San Gabriel Retaliate?

Chandavkl | May 21, 2011 08:14 AM

According to TonyC, the branch of Monterey Palace being readied on Valley Bl. on the street in front of San Gabriel Square will be opening shortly. Monterey Palace is the restaurant on Garvey near New Ave. which over the past 30 years has operated under four different English names but the same Chinese name. I'm kind of surprised they're using the Monterey Palace name in San Gabriel, not only because that English name hasn't been in use so long as to be a famous name, but also because of the rivalry and rancor between the cities of Monterey Park and San Gabriel. As you may recall, for a short time there was a San Gabriel Valley Chinese New Year parade that ran through Monterey Park. Alhambra, and San Gabriel. Given the current demographics, that parade should have become the premiere Chinese New Year event in the Los Angeles area. Yet the celebration has downsized to fixed location street fairs. The reason is that Monterey Park and San Gabriel squabbled over which city would be at the start of the parade and which city would be the terminus. (My recollection is that the parade started in Monterey Park and ended in San Gabriel, which means that San Gabriel was miffed.) I'm guessing San Gabriel's best chance to get even would be to have the Shun Fat in Monterey Park renamed San Gabriel Superstore.

The new Monterey Palace is occupying a freestanding building which I believe had been a night club for many many years. Though I drove by that spot dozens if not hundreds of times, I can't remember the name of the night club, so if somebody does, I would appreciate hearing it.

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San Gabriel Superstore
1635 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Monterey Palace Restaurant
1001 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

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