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Sad news today as one of LA's most revered restaurant owners has died. William "Bill" Binder, recognizable to older patrons of his most excellent Chinatown spot Phillipe's has died at the age of 94. His sons continue to manage the business. An excerpt from the LA Times article:

Binder, who retired in 1985, died Jan. 28 of natural causes at a care facility in Pasadena, said his son John, who runs Philippe's with his brother, Richard.

"He had a real mild temperament; he always tried to treat everybody with respect," John Binder said. "He had a very, very deep religious belief. He felt we were just so blessed to have the business."

Philippe’s -- or as it's officially known, Philippe the Original -- has been a fixture on Alameda Street near Olvera Street and Union Station since 1951 and has been in Los Angeles for more than 100 years.

Thank you to Kevin from WheresMyHippo.com for the tip.

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