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The authentic Chinese cuisine restaurant Northern Cafe has filed a liquor license for the address 9305 Reseda Blvd, which currently houses the Mandarin Deli. Co-owner Chuan Yong confirmed that Northern Cafe is taking the space at an undisclosed time in the future.
Northern Cafe has a keen focus on dumplings more than anything and lines of 25 plus are typical on any given Monday night, according to Eater LA. The Chinese restaurant is located in the heart of Westwood, within walking distance for UCLA students who can take advantage of Northern Cafe’s notably reasonable costs. Also, the student populace at UCLA is almost 40% Asian, which is one huge reason Yong’s partner Betty Ren chose that location to open up their flagship. The owners have even hired Mandarin-speaking workers to offer up a more comfortable atmosphere for those who are native to China.
Mandarin Deli has occupied the space in Northridge for over 30 years now, offering similar Mandarin Chinese fare: Stewed Beef Noodles, Scallion Pancakes, and Dumplings.
(Edited: an earlier version of this article stated Mandarin Deli has been around for 10 years when it’s actually been around for over 30)