Well there may be a deep recession but this hasn't stopped SGV developers from putting up new buildings and restaurants from moving into them. Ruben's Kitchen has opened up in the new building at 8728 Valley Bl. While I had speculated pre-opening that this might be a Taiwanese restaurant (based on the installation of Taiwanese ice machines) it turns out to be more cafe style food, and with a limited menu at that. Food is very tasty, though.
More intriguing is the upcoming debut of Tip Top Sandwiches in new construction directly east of Empire Plaza (the center anchored by 888 Seafood) on Valley Bl. First of all, this is an awfully large space to be occupied by a sandwich operation--I can't imagine what they're going to do with all that footage. Secondly, only if you look carefully will you notice that there is an entire new shopping center of maybe 10 to 12 spaces built in back. Given that Tip Top Sandwiches is the only storefront easily visible from Valley Bl., I say good luck to the landlord in leasing these spaces and good luck to any tenants who move in.
Lastly, while not new, earlier this year when I wasn't looking Sunday Cafe opened up a branch in Rosemead called Sunday @ Rosemead, adjacent to the Rosemead Supermarket on Valley Blvd. With Sunday Cafe and Ruben's Kitchen opening up within about a block of each other, I guess it proves once again that the demand for Hong Kong cafe food in the San Gabriel Valley is indeed insatiable.