These Guys Gutted A Basement In Chinatown And Unearthed A 1920s Dungeon With An Illicit History

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Image: Imgur/Daftneypunk
Image: Imgur/Daftneypunk

In January 2014, cleaners were working on a dark and gloomy basement when they stumbled upon a cache of curious relics. Once upon a time, the building had been an unassuming neighborhood restaurant. However, these unusual items hinted at it being used for seriously shady backroom operations.

Image: via Los Angeles Revisited
Image: via Los Angeles Revisited

The property was located on Ord Street in Los Angeles, the heart of Chinatown. The neighborhood is home to some 10,000 people and has been a commercial hub for Asian businesses since the late 1930s. And, having served as a Chinese eatery for some time, the building was about to be transformed into something completely different.

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Image: Facebook/The Little Jewel of New Orleans
Image: Facebook/The Little Jewel of New Orleans

In fact, chef Marcus Christiana-Beniger planned to bring some southern hospitality to the district. Indeed, he planned to convert the building into a restaurant called the “Little Jewel of New Orleans.” But before he could begin serving po’ boys, gumbo and shrimp Creole, he needed to completely clear out the space.

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