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Fortune No. 1 in Monterey Park Rises From The Ashes

Chandavkl | Oct 7, 201102:50 PM

In the old days the rule when starting up a new business such as a restaurant was that you have sufficient capital to fund at least six months of loss operations. Consequently when a new restaurant opened you could afford to wait for the grand opening mobs to die down or let the kitchen get its footing before giving it a try. These days, however, with some new restaurants operating on a shoestring and closing down in weeks, not months, you have to stop your car and run inside as soon as you see a newly opened restaurant. In this category was Fortune No1 which opened in the late spring and closed probably midsummer. However, driving by today the restaurant is open again, though I suspect it might not be the same operation as before and the owner just wanted to save some money by keeping the existing signage. For one thing there's a slight name tweak to Fortune No. 1 (i.e., a period after No and a space before "1"). More importantly, the menu is entirely different. The old Fortune No1 served, well, I don't remember exactly what but it was some kind of slop. The new restaurant has a small, but focused menu. There's a dumpling section of about 15 dumpling varieties plus Tianjin style buns. There's a breakfast menu including soy milk and steamed corn buns. There's a hot pot section. And there's a noodle, rice and shredded pancake section. And the kicker is that the most expensive thing on the menu is $6.99. Be forewarned that the lady up front doesn't speak English--she had to grab one of her customers to act as interpreter for me. But the guy working in the back does speak English. Street address is 138 E. Garvey Ave., #A.

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