New Thai restaurant under construction at old Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

A popular Thai eatery in Hollywood is expanding its footprint into WeHo.

The former Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf space at 7835 Santa Monica Blvd. will soon be home to Crispy Pork Gang, a modern Thai kitchen established in 2017. The new diner will be its second location.

While West Hollywood has plenty of great spots for burgers and pizza, there aren’t as many options for traditional Asian cuisine.

Construction is currently under way, though no opening date has been announced.

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raphael
raphael
3 months ago

Good luck to the new restaurant! I used to go to that Coffee Bean the last year it was open and I was saddened when they closed rather abruptly. It had the best ambience I’ve come across at a chain coffee house, very cozy and relaxing vibe.

Last edited 3 months ago by raphael
Laura
Laura
3 months ago

Ew. Crispy Pork Gang??? Yuck. Why not something that is inclusive to the many vegan and vegetarian members of our community? Cause there’s like none. I miss Coffee Bean!

Reality
Reality
3 months ago
Reply to  Laura

Yuck to you too! Here’s an opportunity to create the restaurant of your choice and consider taking on Mr. Cleary as a partner.

Laura
Laura
3 months ago
Reply to  Reality

Pigs are smarter than 3 yearly olds, and your beloved dogs. Sorry but it’s true!

Reality
Reality
3 months ago
Reply to  Laura

Don’t have a pig, a dog or a three year old. Your point is?

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Reality

It is a reference to being vegan, and not eating pork. Why did this thread need to turn into an argument about that? It is a personal choice for everyone, and trying to “convince” people to be vegan is a losing battle, in that manner. If anything, you are pushing them away. Laura, your enormous variety of vegan establishments and options, are listed in my comment below.

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Laura

None? Seriously? Come on! One of my good friends is vegan, and can attest to the fact that Los Angeles is one of *the* most vegan-friendly cities in the nation, if not the world. You have Tocaya, on Sunset, Gracias Madre, Crossroads, Pura Vita Pizzeria, Fresh on Sunset, The Outdoors Cafe, Sugar Taco, Tu Madre, Real Food Daily, M Café and Kinari on Fairfax, which offers vegan ramen. All within, or just outside the WeHo border. There are probably even more. Venture a few blocks further, and you’ll get even more, down on Beverly, for example. We also have many… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Randy
greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
3 months ago
Reply to  Laura

Coffee Bean wasn’t vegan, Laura.

Laura
Laura
3 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Neither am I

hifi5000
hifi5000
3 months ago

Good to see a vacant storefront become active again. West Hollywood does not need to become a dead zone with all those empty retail/commercial spaces.

Laura
Laura
3 months ago
Reply to  hifi5000

Agreed, but not this.

Reality
Reality
3 months ago
Reply to  Laura

Apparently the owners had or have another location in town. Why not put on your friendly self and welcome them? Folks love Thai food, if you don’t you can go elsewhere. Why be so nasty to the owners ?

Laura
Laura
3 months ago
Reply to  Reality

It was late, I wish I could figure out how to delete these comments, blah blah blah. I think I’m just offended by the word “Pork” in their name. I’d be curious to see if they have any vegetarian options.

Reality
Reality
3 months ago
Reply to  Laura

Please consider quarantining your device. The folks on this thread may be offended but the thing you may also consider is going to the new restaurant and apologizing to the owners for being such an offensive idiot. I’m sure they would graciously accept your apology and please take Mr. Cleary with you to chime in.

Jerome Cleary
Jerome Cleary
3 months ago

I think instead of calling their restaurant: “Crispy Pork Gang” they should change it to: “Crispy Pork Gang Bang” to reflect the neighborhood…LOL!

Reality
Reality
3 months ago
Reply to  Jerome Cleary

How ignorant is that remark. Not funny and disrespectful to boot.

Davedi
Davedi
3 months ago

Looks like the sunset street number would be more correct for Santa Monica Blvd since the 7800 block would east of La Cienega.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

Is the address correct or the map? The map reads Sunset Blvd., the address Santa Monica..

Larry Block
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I believe they have another location in Hollywood.

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Larry Block

Yes, on Hollywood Blvd, right in the middle of Thai Town. Next to Ruen Pair, in the plaza next to the big Thai market. I lived in Los Feliz, just outside of Thai Town, for about a year and a half. I visited most of the restaurants, with this one as an exception. It doesn’t look so promising that their current location has only 3 stars on yelp, with hundreds of reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/crispy-pork-gang-los-angeles?osq=crispy+pork+gang If someone really wanted to be creative, and unique, they’d open a Burmese restaurant. Like Burma Superstar, in San Francisco. Back in the day, there were lines… Read more »

Ruth Williams
Ruth Williams
3 months ago

Aren’t there anymore really authentic Chinese restaurants? I recall Young China on Hollywood Blvd that had the best food ever.

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Ruth Williams

Genghis Coen on Fairfax is pretty damn good. A little pricey.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
3 months ago

How can a mom and pop thai restaurant afford rent in that space and Coffee Bean can’t?

What am I missing here?

Liz
Liz
3 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

What you said…

Laura
Laura
3 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Something fishy there. Soon you’ll have one choice – Starbucks – and you’ll learn to like it. (Ew)

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
3 months ago
Reply to  Laura

@Laura not at all true.

Verve, Farm Cup Coffee, Go Get em Tiger, Andante, Miss Melbourne, Cafe IF, Madison and Park, Blue Bottle, Alfred, Dayglow, Blackwood, Coffee Tomo etc…

SO many choices for coffee in West Hollywood. Probably more than ever before in history.

Laura
Laura
3 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

I should note that when I speak of West Hollywood I’m taking my little section of West Hollywood. Walkable. Like La Cienega to Robertson. But more and more Starbucks are popping up, some in what used to be very busy Coffee Bean locations (like Sunset and Fairfax).

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Well, Monte Overstreet was the landlord at the neighboring Gym Bar, so I assume he owns the entire complex. If so, maybe that has something to do with it.

Larry Block
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Randy

Monte is not the owner of that property but he is the owner of the new location where Gym Bar is moving at the old Halal Guys.

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Larry Block

That’s right. I had them mixed up. But Gym Bar’s landlords were not very easy to work with, I understand. Whoever they are. That might have something to do with the Coffee Bean shutting down.

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