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Chop Suey Cafe 'Still Open' Says Gin

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, at 11:36PM
Still Open Ed Fuentes

Mike Gin at the still-open-for-dinner Chop Suey Cafe and Lounge (347 E. 1st).

When Mike Gin came back to L.A. from Saturday’s USC – Stanford football game, he heard that the Chop Suey Cafe and Lounge was closed. It was surprising news to most Downtowners, including Gin, who co-owns the cafe with Enrique Ramirez and Don Tahar.

On Tuesday night Gin told blogdowntown that the restaurant is just ending its lunch hours. Dinner is still being served from 5pm to 10pm, and the Far Bar is also still alive.

The news of the cafe's shuttering, headlined as "Chop Suey Café Chopped Down", is on the front page of this week's Downtown News. The article has been making the email rounds within Los Angeles' Chinese American and Japanese American communities.

For now, the case of the not quite dead cafe is a mysterious twist quite befitting Chop Suey's Raymond Chandlerequese Far East Building in Little Tokyo.

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