There are many fan-favorite dishes at Mandarin Noodle Home that the proprietor was ready to serve whereas crowds have been out celebrating the Lunar New Yr in Monterey Park.
Like many different eating places within the San Gabriel Valley, Denny Mu stocked his kitchen to prepare for the post-Christmas rush, which is often essentially the most worthwhile time of the yr for a lot of companies within the space. Nevertheless, after the mass taking pictures on Saturday night time, all the pieces got here to a halt.
“That morning I had two events for 12 cancel,” Mu mentioned. “I had one other occasion of 10 cancel.”
Mu mentioned there have been numerous empty seats at his restaurant this previous week, however mentioned he’s decided to persevere — and is inspired to see prospects coming again right this moment.
“Seeing our prospects dine with us and filling their physique with meals for the soul, it is a reward of its personal,” mentioned Mu.
After a somber and sluggish week, a number of small enterprise homeowners in Monterey Park inform us they’re hopeful the neighborhood will come out this weekend and help them, together with the proprietor of “Mr.Obanyaki” dessert store.
“We specialise in fusion Japanese referred to as ‘obanyakis,'” mentioned proprietor Kevin Mok. “First, we put the batter on and it cooks for about 10 minutes.”
Mok mentioned he overstocked on substances to verify his store had sufficient obanyakis for late-night crowds.
“We thought Lunar New Yr could be blissful, joyful. However now, all people — the streets are empty at 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock,” mentioned Mok.
He by no means noticed the crowds he expects, however stays optimistic that his neighborhood won’t stay in concern and proceed serving to small companies like his.
“All people, simply have a blessed yr,” mentioned Mok. “New week, hopefully, new fortunes for everyone.”