What restaurant could replace the old Cha Cha Cha on Virgil?

New development rising on the former Cha Cha Cha space

East Hollywood — The developers of a new mixed-use project are looking for a restaurant tenant to open on site of the late lamented Cha Cha Cha at Virgil and Melrose avenues. The question is what will it be?

A restaurant space is included below 24 condominiums  now under construction at the southeast corner of the intersection. Renderings of the project include a cafe entrance right at the corner, and the listing states that 1,400 square feet of street-level space will be delivered restaurant-ready, along with 800 square feet of outdoor patio seating.

The owners are asking about $7,150 a month for the space, which  in promotional materials is named “Virgil Village Restaurant,” until someone leases it.

The big, modern building now rising at the corner looks nothing like the old Cha Cha Cha, a hodge-podge of slightly worn-out, funky buildings painted in shades of pink and teal. For 30 years, Cha Cha Cha served Caribbean and Latino fare at that space, until the restaurant closed in 2016.

Nearby restaurants along Virgil now include Chinese food at Wah’s Golden Hen, Tacos Roger (a block away on Clinton) and of course Sqirl, which has been making a name for itself since opening at the corner of Virgil and Marathon in 2012, and which has even been credited for stirring more foot traffic in the neighborhood.

What kind of cuisine does the neighborhood need now?

Cha Cha Cha pictured in 2016

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  1. I miss Cha Cha Cha so much

  2. At $7150 a month, the name of the restaurant should be changed from Cha Cha Cha to Cha-Ching!

  3. James, funny allusion! I’ve often found it interesting that Cha-Ching! is still used as a reference to cash registers though for a long time most have been toneless. 🛎 💰

  4. They had a shrimp dish that was delicious! I’d love a recommendation for a restaurant that cooks nice-sized shrimp just right…anyone?

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