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Wong’s Garden Story In Local Paper Has Quotes From Myself About Owners

January 31, 2014


On Sunday I posted about our favorite Chinese restaurant closing.

This week a local entertainment section of the newspaper also posted a story about the business, and used quotes that I made to a reporter.

Wong’s Garden, 2044 Atwood Ave., closed this month after almost 13 years.

Gah Yuen Wong and his wife, Lan, opened Wong’s in early 2001 and are now retiring, said friend and customer Gregory Humphrey.

“They are really going to be missed,” Humphrey said.

Wong, 66, cooked Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine and he operated a restaurant of the same name in Janesville from 1984 until 1997.

After that, he headed the Chinese food department at a Hy-Vee supermarket in Davenport, Iowa.

Humphrey said that the Wongs closed abruptly because they got a good offer from someone wanting to buy the business.

The Wongs wished they had been able to give more notice about their closing, so regular customers could have come in to have a final meal and so they could have said proper good-byes, Humphrey said.

Humphrey said he was struck at how Lan would always give customers a cup of hot tea while they waited for their to-go orders. She also gave tea to people who didn’t order anything, but were maybe down on their luck or homeless or just wanted to warm up in the restaurant.

One Comment
  1. February 1, 2014 10:22 AM

    Thank you very much for posting this.. My wife and I got married at Wong’s in 2007. Really wished we could of congratulated them on their retirement & bid farewell to Lan. Hope the new “Magic Wok” works out.

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