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Photo: Pok Pok's Chinatown Location Gets A Blessing From Local Buddhist Monks

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Andy Ricker's hotly anticipated Phat Thai restaurant, located in the Far East Plaza in Chinatown, is moving along quite smoothly. If the recent blessing from local Buddhist monks keeps things moving along, the popular Thai chef will open his restaurant before the beginning of the year.

Monks from Wat Phra That Suthep in Chino Hills came over to bless the location, while making offerings of eats from nearby LAX-C — one of our favorite international supermarkets which is essentially the Thai equivalent of Costco.

Amnaj Bholsangngam, who owns and operates the nearby Chimney craft coffee bar in Chinatown, was also in attendance for the ceremony with his, brother, who is one of the managers of LAX-C.

The popular Portland-based restauranteur even got his kitchen space blessed with incense from the monks. But to be honest, we're the ones feeling blessed with the early arrival of our very own outpost of Ricker's restaurants.