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Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant Celebrates 50 Years in Limerick

 

 

 

Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant Celebrates 50 Years in Limerick

 

Mrs Salina Choi, Mr Walter Lee (both former proprietors of Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant), Walter's nephew Mr William Lee (current proprietor of the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant).

Mrs Salina Choi, Mr Walter Lee (both former proprietors of Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant), Walter’s nephew Mr William Lee (current proprietor of the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant).

“The Hong Kong” on William Street was the first Chinese restaurant in the Treaty City and the then Mayor of Limerick Francis Condell herself came for the grand opening. Originally named International Chinese Restaurant, it was opened in 1962 by Mr. and Mrs. Choi who sold it to their close friend’s the Lee family and the restaurant was then renamed the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant. The Lees had come to Ireland from Hong Kong after travelling to many diverse places such as Australia but they settled here on the Emerald Isle because they liked how friendly and welcoming the Irish were. The restaurant was a place of refuge for Chinese immigrants to the Munster region and a stepping stone for students who pursued their studies in N.I.H.E (now the University of Limerick). To this day the Lee family is still serving its famous special curry loved by the people of Limerick. The Hong Kong has fifty years of memories here in Limerick and the staff relish at stories of how their customers’ grandparents used to bring them there and now they are bringing their own children. The Hong Kong graciously thanks their loyal customers for being there with them for fifty years and hopes for fifty more and invites you to share stories with them in person or send them a message on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HKCRLimerick. Call them at 061 – 411505.

The scan of the Telegram is from Mayor of Limerick - Francis Condell Francis Condell congratulating the opening.

The scan of the Telegram is from Mayor of Limerick – Francis Condell Francis Condell congratulating the opening.

A newspaper clipping of the Opening of the restaurant in 1962 of Salina Choi, her husband (now deceased), and the Mayor of Limerick - Francis Condell.

A newspaper clipping of the Opening of the restaurant in 1962 of Salina Choi, her husband (now deceased), and the Mayor of Limerick – Francis Condell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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