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Chinese gastropub slated for soon-to-be bustling corner of Spring Street

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, September 04, 2012, at 10:05AM
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The Peking Tavern is slated to open underground, beneath the NCT lofts.

A Chinese gastropub serving Beijing street food is slated to open on 8th and Spring streets in Downtown, joining the ranks of multiple other new restaurants and bars in the immediate area.

According to the Peking Tavern's Facebook page, they will be making their own noodles by hand, daily, and creating a variety of traditional Chinese dipping sauces. A tasting menu posted on their page includes seaweed salad, scallion pancake and Mala shredded potato.

Brigham Yen first reported the opening and wrote that the Tavern will be located in the basement of the National City Tower (NCT) lofts and continue the explosion of eateries on Spring Street between 8th and 9th streets. Yen reports that it will be located directly under the Italian-restaurant chain, Terroni and adjacent to Crane's, the Hollywood-transplant bar set to open with live music and DJs.

Peking Tavern is a project by Andrew Chiu and Andrew Wong of the restaurant and hospitality consulting group, El Guapo. Chiu said this Spring Street project will be their first restaurant in downtown -- and the first location that they actually own themselves.

He said that although a lot of Asian food is already available in mom-and-pop restaurants, he and Wong are going to serve it in a more contemporary style; with small plates instead of big portions and accompanied by a full bar. Chiu said this model is better suited to the area's residents and fits Generation Y's preferred way of "spending and dining." He added they're hoping to “bring it [authentic Chinese food] to mainstream American starting with downtown L.A.”

Chiu said that in preparation for the Tavern he and his partner walked the streets of DTLA three to four days a week to familiarize themselves with what's happening in the neighborhood and interact with the people who live, work and play in the area. He said they realized that although there's "no shortage of nightlife" on that part of Spring, there's a "shortage of good Chinese food."

On their website, they describe their new DTLA restaurant as providing "Northern Chinese street food," and an "eclectic vibe inspired by old 'hutongs' of Beijing as well as Hollywood style Chinatown of yesteryear."

The two have previously been involved in the creation of Hot Wings Cafe in L.A, Garden Cafe in Alhambra and Culture 22 in Pasadena. Chiu said they're hoping to open the Tavern by the end of this year.

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