Jason Chen, the owner of the permanently closed Tang Gong restaurant in Monterey Park, is gearing up to open a new restaurant at 534 S. Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia at the former home of The Monrovian.
At this juncture, it’s unclear what the concept will be, but Chen’s assistant, Helen Xiong, tells What Now Los Angeles the eatery will not be another iteration of Tang Gong. Xiong also says the massive corner space, which boasts a Tuscan paint job and once served hand-stretched sourdough pizzas — as well as breakfast pastries and fresh-baked bread — is currently undergoing renovations to accommodate Chen’s vision.
The Monrovian closed in August of last year despite its overwhelming neighborhood popularity. Just weeks before the restaurant’s closure, one Yelp reviewer wrote, “This place should get 10 stars.”
Chen’s Tang Gong also recently dissolved for unknown reasons. The seafood spot served authentic fare like pan-fried turnip cakes and stir-fried crispy pork belly with choi sum — also known as Chinese flowering cabbage — though reviews for the restaurant were mixed.
This article will be updated when more details become available.