March 7, 2011
Hong Kong Cafe to close in May

By Chris Macias

After decades of serving chow mein and other Chinese food staples to Sacramentans, the venerable Hong Kong Cafe at 5th and Broadway is slated to close at the end of May. According to owner Hon Wong, the property has been sold to a new owner and Wong's simply ready to retire at the age of 72.

The original Hong Kong Cafe opened at Fourth and L streets in the late 1940s and moved to its Broadway location, a former drive-thru, in 1961. Generations of Sacramentans have since dined at this downhome Chinese restaurant with a simple decor that was seemingly frozen in time.

For its faithful customers, news that this local Chinese food institution will be closing soon is hard to swallow.

"It's just sad," said Paula Escalante of Sacramento. "No more peanut duck, oh my gosh! My dad would take us there once a week and when my kids go, they take their kids. (Hon) was like part of our family."

Hong Kong Cafe is located at 501 Broadway in Sacramento; (916) 442-7963.

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