L.A. Downtown News spreads the word that Roy Choi could be relocating his rice bowl restaurant to Chinatown. Chego, Choi's follow-up to revolutionizing the way we eat out with Kogi, temporarily closed its doors on Overland in early December for what the restaurant cited as renovations. According to an executive director with Chinatown's Business Improvement District, Chego will occupy a space at the Far East Plaza food court. Of course, the story may be oversimplifying this scoop and jumping the gun slightly.
Choi's camp tells Grub Street that so far, none of what's being reported is a done deal, with no exact confirmation or denial on whether Chego could vacate Palms entirely or take up residence near Downtown. As best as we can tell, the news of any possible expansion or relocation information for the restaurant is still developing.
If true, the relocation would be a big loss for Overland's tiny dining scene, considering Chego is one of the neighborhood's few real dining destinations (the other draws include Scoops and N/Naka). Meanwhile, Chinatown, buzzing by day but often close to comatose by night, might make a tough playing field, but if any name can offer the area a much needed shot in the arm, it's Roy Choi's.
Stay tuned for more news of what may actually be coming to 727 N. Broadway in the days to come.