Hong Kong eaterie shuts in Barking Town

A FAMILY business synonymous with success and fine food for 45 years has served its last culinary dish. The Hong Kong Kitchen in North Street, Barking, was opened in 1965 and has been run by restaurateurs Lee and Linda Lee since 1975. Their son Jason join

A FAMILY business synonymous with success and fine food for 45 years has served its last culinary dish.

The Hong Kong Kitchen in North Street, Barking, was opened in 1965 and has been run by restaurateurs Lee and Linda Lee since 1975.

Their son Jason joined his mum and dad to help run the family business around 10 years ago and says it was sad to see the place close.

Regeneration plans for Barking Town Centre mean that the building, which was home to the Hong Kong Kitchen and rented by the family, is scheduled for redevelopment and will soon host apartments and business space.

The restaurant served its last customer on Sunday, January 24 after a weekend of celebrations.

Jason said: "It was very emotional for my family and for many of our customers, who have been so loyal over the years. There were definitely a few tears."

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The Hong Kong Kitchen has been a popular dining spot for residents and won an array of Archant food and drink awards for culinary craftsmanship.

Customers who have moved from the borough come back once or twice a year to visit the restaurant.

Jason added: "We just want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years in Barking.

"Our whole family will miss them just as much as they miss us."

After years of working in the borough Jason's father Lee has retired at the age of 67.

Jason hopes if the family finds a suitable premises in Barking Town Centre the Hong Kong Kitchen will open again.

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