Update: December 9, 2014.
We got an e-mail that Magic Wok is rehiring, which was confirmed by a post on their Facebook page (why didn't anyone tell us they had a Facebook page!!)
They're still closed as of this writing, but it doesn't seem long that they might reopen...or at least we hope so.
Yet in reading their latest posts, there was a hint on the real reason why it closed. It said:
The gossips are that they closed us up that is not true. We decided to closed the store. We had an employee, you might say a whistleblower but at this moment I cannot discuss it yet till we settle this issue. Thank you for asking...
I got the devastating news this past Thanksgiving: Magic Wok, the beloved Filipino joint in the heart of the Filipino community in Artesia/Cerritos, has closed. The note taped to the window says:
"The Magic Wok Restaurant is close (sic) effective 9-29-14. We are taking a long vacation and R and R. Thank you for your support and patronage."
My last meal there, serendipitously, was a day before, on 9-28-14. Apparently, it has been closed ever since. Calling the place earlier this week pretty much gets a message that repeats what's on the note.
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This isn't the first time the Southland was deprived of what many consider (this writer included) the BEST Filipino restaurant in California. There was a fire that gutted the place in 2006.
Let's hope they are really on vacation. Let's hope the rumours I heard from Filipino friends and relatives that they're actually closing because of a sickness in the family isn't true. Let's hope that they reopen soon. Let's hope that they will be there in time to take the annual orders of crispy pata for Christmas.
Note: If anyone involved with the restaurant can give us a date on when the restaurant will re-open, drop us a line, won't you? Or just comment!