Yesterday I walked by the "historic" Far East Cafe on 1st St. in Little Tokyo. It has been closed since the Northridge Earthquake of 1994, and it is heartening to see that the long-delayed renovation is really, finally moving along. A sign in the door says it will re-open "Spring 2004" but I noted a mention in a recent L.A. Downtown News that the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation now says it will open in fall, which seems more realistic given the current state of the interior.
BUT, and here is my question, the sign outside also mentions that the restaurant will be a joint venture of some company whose name I didn't recognize and SENOR FISH.
Now, I like Senor Fish just fine (my wife loves it, ate there constantly when she used to work downtown), but I am sort of hoping that when they finally get the Far East reopened after 10 years they will go back to serving the sort of antique American-Chinese classics that it was famous for. I mean, it does say "chop suey" on the famous sign and this may be the only place I ever actually ordered that dish in a restaurant.
Anyway, does anyone here have more reliable inside info on what is actually planned? Should we get ready for chop suey ceviche?