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Spice Table cancels lunch; restaurant to be relocated to make way for Regional Connector

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, October 12, 2012, at 01:59PM
via The Spice Table

The Spice Table will not be serving lunch anymore until its settled at its new location.

The Spice Table in Little Tokyo is looking for a new location in the Downtown area, as chef Bryant Ng and his team are forced to move to make way for the Regional Connector. This 1.9 miles of new light-rail line track will also include three new stations and aims to connect multiple other Metro lines.

AS a result of this impending construction, The Spice Table is being forced to relocate -- as is Weiland Brewery and Senor Fish. As Ng scopes out a new location for his restaurant, he is also planning to open an entirely new restaurant with a new concept.

Although Metro officials have not given Spice Table a concrete move out date yet, restaurant representatives say it will be in the next six to 12 months.

“I have a great team here, and we are looking forward to our future despite major plumbing issues and the Metro takeover,” said Ng in a statement. “I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the growing food culture here in L.A. and in the U.S., and will continue to add flavor to the dining and hospitality scene though our future plans.”

The major plumbing issues Ng mentioned in his statement led to a flood at Spice Table that damaged his baking equipment. That led Ng to cancel the restaurant's lunch service.

“The in-house baked Vietnamese baguettes are the soul of our lunchtime sandwich program, and because of the recent damage to our equipment, costly plumbing repairs, and impending forced move by Metro, The Spice Table will no longer be serving lunch," Ng said in a statement.

The Spice Table will continue to serve dinner and resume lunch once they are settled at a new location.

Work preparing for the Regional Connector has already begun. In July it received a crucial stamp of approval from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) allowing it to move into its final design stage and in August, Metro began relocating and removing certain utilities in Downtown to make way for the new light-rail line.

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