100 years later, the Far East Cafe in SF’s Chinatown closes

100 years later, the Far East Cafe in SF's Chinatown closes

San Francisco is losing one of its oldest restaurants this month.

According to the first report centered on Chinatown, Far East Cafe is one of two more Chinese banquet restaurants that will close at the end of the month. Wind newspaper.

“I like the Far East cafe. I don’t want to give up. But I had no choice. The restaurant cannot be run without any revenue from business and resources from the city, ”restaurant owner Bill Lee Wind told the newspaper.

Although Lee says outdoor dining can be helpful for a while, it’s not enough to sustain the business. He was expecting extra help from the city, but it did not come.


Lee, who opened in Chinatown in 1920, is only the third owner in 100 years since he bought the restaurant in 1999.

The two-story restaurant was popular for big events like weddings, fundraisers and lunar New Year celebrations because the restaurant could have up to 800 hosts.

New Asia Restaurant on Pacific Avenue is now the only remaining restaurant in Chinatown. The restaurant has been operating as a grocery store in the midst of the epidemic.

Far East Cafe will serve its last meal on December 31st.

The Far East Cafe is located at 631 Grand Ave in San Francisco.

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