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Panda Express set to wok and roll on E. 14th St.

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | The Panda has landed! … Well, almost. …

A new sign on the front door of the Panda Express storefront at the corner of 14th Street and First Avenue announces the place will finally open Mon., July 17.

Just a month ago, though, when The Village Sun asked for an update, a P.R. spokesperson for the national chain restaurant could not state the eatery’s opening date, saying it was “still to be determined.”

The built-out restaurant space has sat empty for more than a year.

At any rate, New Yorkers can’t be blamed if not all of them know about Panda Express, which got its start in California in 1987. Although the self-described “American Chinese” chain boasts more than 2,400 locations worldwide, it has only a handful of spots in Manhattan, none of which has been here more than eight years. The new East Village Panda will be the company’s first in the Downtown area.

Meanwhile, the Big Apple has nearly 24,000 restaurants, with around one-tenth of those — or 2,400 — being Chinese restaurants.

Nevertheless, an award-winning journalist did a Twitter poll confirming that “most people,” in fact, do know about Panda Express. So there! … The poll was not restricted to New Yorkers, though — so anyone from anywhere could respond.

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