A long-standing restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown is closing its doors on Dec. 31 after losing business due to the pandemic, according to owner Doris Huang.
Although taking a break from her business was one of the reasons she decided to close China King, Huang said the negative impact of the COVID-19
pandemic also played a major role, according to Boston.com
The restaurant opened in 2012, serves traditional Northern Chinese cuisine with food from Shanghai to Beijing at competitive prices.
“The past months, [there’s been] no business,” Huang said. “It’s empty. Every day there’s not enough business in Chinatown. So I just wanted to sell [China King] and take a break and take time.”
Huang also opened a restaurant in the neighborhood with her husband, Erwin Mei, in 1976 called King Fung Garden, according to one of their Instagram
posts. Since opening up that first restaurant, Huang has been delivering delicious food ever since.
“Ever since then, she’s refused to hang up the apron and still serves fresh, delicious food year-round,”
Although this is goodbye, for now, Huang said she might consider opening up a restaurant again in the South End or Cambridge.
China King, famous for staples including dumplings, chow mein and Peking duck, is still in operation until the end of December, but Huang said she’s already missing her regulars at the restaurant.
“I miss the customers, the people. They followed me for 25 years. Every week we saw the same faces … right now I really miss them.”