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China Royal Restaurant, 5100 Two Notch Road: 1970s   5 comments

Posted at 3:24 am in Uncategorized

It seems unlikely that this building, which is partly a car wash and partly a barber shop, at 5100 Two Notch road is the one which originally housed China Royal Restaurant, especially as the 1976 yellow pages ad says that they could seat 250 people. It is however at the same address.

It's interesting that this stretch of Two Notch used to have a number of restaurants, including aside from this one The Ranch and Huddle House

UPDATE 26 March 2012 -- Interesting. Commenter Mike says that in fact China Royal was in the same building that also housed The Ranch and is now This Is It! Video on one side and a nightclub on the other:

The address of that building is now 5024 Two Notch Road, and the current asignee of the 5100 address (above) seems to make sense as it comes right as a new block starts..

Written by ted on March 26th, 2012

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  1. There must have been some adjustments in street numbers. The China Royal was the main tenant of the building that's now occupied by "This is It". I ate there many times in the '70s.


    26 Mar 12 at 7:12 am

  2. Hmm. Interesting! I've made an update.


    26 Mar 12 at 12:44 pm

  3. Yes, it is the "This Is It" building.

    I can remember going to the chinese place with my family when I was a kid. I'd say around 1980. It was one of the first chinese buffets around, back when they were mostly order from menu places.

    Some years ago I drove by and noticed that the old chinese place was now a porn store.

    As you can see the actual building is quite large.


    29 Mar 12 at 4:14 pm

  4. I thought this place used to be the Imperial Garden Chinese buffet. If not, where was it located. It was on Two Notch as well. We used to eat there at least once a week for lunch until they closed down. There was a rumor about what the health inspectors found in the freezers (can you say domesticated pets) that led to their demise.


    12 Apr 12 at 1:34 am

  5. I was a poor college student at USC and would eat there twice a week at Imperial Gardens Buffet in the early 80"s. Cheap and lots of food. not bad by my memory. It was at the bottom of the hill on two notch.


    18 Dec 12 at 11:48 am

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