88 Beef Noodle has opened at 1045 S. Baldwin St., replacing Pho Express, and further emphasizing the Taiwanese presence in Arcadia. Indeed the sign over the entrance on the side still says Pho Express, while the street facing Pho Express sign is merely covered by a cloth banner for 88 Beef Noodle. This is kind of a strange place to put a beef noodle specialist (there are probably only 10 entrees on the entire menu) given the location in the same shopping center as Liang's Kitchen. Actually what caught my eye on the short menu was the angel hair with sun dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Except for the fact that it wasn't angel hair, but rather vermicelli, it was outstanding, and only $7 for a good sized portion, half the price of what you'd pay at many Italian restaurants.
In other area news, workers are busily buzzing around the former Hop Li location a couple of blocks north on Baldwin. There is no exterior signage so I suspect this is a new restaurant, not a remodel of Hop Li. At the Mon-Arc center on Duarte Road I noticed that Shanghai Bamboo House, perhaps the first authentic Chinese restaurant to open in Monrovia when they relocated from San Gabriel, is now Shanghai Gourmet. Meanwhile, the signage is up on the Hong Kong Supermarket, though it looks like it's a way's away from opening. And no visible signs yet of Yi Mei or Luscious Dumplings opening there.