Chinatown doings

For all the Center City hubbub, Chinatown is a peaceful place.

Turnover is comparatively low, and life goes on.

But witness some activity, and none of it is uniquely Chinese:

  • H.K. Golden Phoenix at 911 Race St., which had been doing banquets and dim sum since 1996, is closed.
  • Hop Sing Laundromat, the stylish bar at 1029 Race St., is about a month away. Or so.
  • As tipped by Drew Lazor at City Paper's MealTicket blog, the crew from Yakitori Boy on 11th Street is prepping a ramen restaurant at 204 N. Ninth St. Owner Nelson Tam tells me that the Yokohama-style shop will be called Ramen Boy and is scheduled to open in November.
  • And get ready for a Chinatown branch of the energetic Sammy Chon's K-Town BBQ. Sam, whose flagship is in Sawmill Village in Cherry Hill, tells me he has a spot that's not quite signed. Hence, no address for you yet. Sooner, he expects to open an "express" version in Cinnaminson, serving Korean hoagies, tacos, burritos, rice bowls, entree salads, and Korean fried chicken wings. all under 10 bucks.