The Militant has recently received some seriously disturbing news that the immensely-celebrated weekend food court at North Hollywood's Wat Thai Buddhist Temple might be closing for good, this weekend being its last (To clarify, the temple itself is not closing, it's just the weekend food court that is in danger of being shut down).
The food court, originally established to satiate the appetites of the temple's congregation by serving up an authentic slice of the motherland, has gradually become immensely popular with non-Thais, especially foodies, who admire the foodcourt's stunning variety, great value and most of all, culinary authenticity.
According to this thread on Chowhound's Los Angeles discussion board, a petition is being passed around to keep it open and there have been long-standing complaints in the neighborhood (coughNIMBY cough) that the food court has caused massive parking problems for residents. See where your auto dependency gets you?
The closure of the food court would be a sad loss for Los Angeles. Though this great city is certainly not lacking in Thai cuisine, this is perhaps the only was locals can enjoy Thai satays or papaya salad in a more authentic, social, outdoor setting.
The Militant plans to be there Sunday, and is already scouring mta.net for the best way to get there from the North Hollywood Red Line station...The Militant hopes you do too, and perhaps it'll make both the local neighbors as well as the food vendors happy.
Update: The food court will be open next weekend, which, according to the security guard at the temple, is slated to be its final week. More to follow from the Militant!
Wat Thai Buddhist Temple
12909 Cantara Ave., North Hollywood
(Near Coldwater Canyon Ave. and Roscoe Blvd).
Food court open Sat-Sun, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.