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King Yum restaurant in Fresh Meadows is closing.

Order up soon or you’re out of luck.

Family-owned King Yum restaurant in Fresh Meadows will close for good sometime in the next few weeks after over 60 years of service.

Located at 181-01 Union Tpke., the neighborhood favorite proudly served up Chinese cuisine in a Polynesian-Tiki themed environment. Crowd favorites included the Bar-B-Q spare ribs, Pork Lo Mein, and the King Yum Five-O, which featured lobster, crab meat, shrimp and chicken sauteed with mushrooms and water chestnuts. The spot also served a full list of unique exotic specialty drinks, including the “Aloha Delight”” and the “Zombie.”

Originally, management told QNS the restaurant would close as early as Monday, Aug. 29, but that date has been pushed back several weeks due to unspecified circumstances.

In 2013, the eatery was featured on the Cooking Channel show “Restaurant Redemption,” a series which aimed to help struggling businesses renovate and improve. In 2014, the restaurant was forced to close for a short time after the NYC Health Department inspected and discovered a series of health code violations.

The following week, King Yum owner Robin Ng was cleared to reopen the eatery after the Health Department returned and deemed it suitably sterile.

“Most people are very upset about it. And they’re shocked also,” said an emotional Ng about the closing.

“We’re old style Cantonese-style cooking,” continued Ng. “We’re probably the last one around.”

Ng stated that he is unsure what type of establishment will be taking over the space, but that it will not be a restaurant.


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Michael Antonoff August 27, 2016 / 03:42PM
Our favorite Chinese restaurant with the best gluten-free menu anywhere is closing as soon as this Sunday. Around for decades, King Yum on Union Turnpike in Queens is being sold and converted into a catering hall. Good news for the owner and employees, most of whom are ready to retire anyway, but sad news for customers. Tilapia in ginger? Singapore mei fun? We'll likely never find another restaurant as sumptuous, spacious, friendly and dependable as this one.

Tony Romeo August 24, 2016 / 09:15PM
Was there a few weeks ago and two of us had roaches in our food. and had to send back a filthy water glass. Unbelievable. All we got when we showed the waiter was a sorry and replacement. Needless to say didn't eat, paid the bill- if you can believe they still gave us a check - and left. Should have closed down weeks ago! No farewell dinner there!

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Alan August 24, 2016 / 06:32PM
This restaurant has been an institution in Queens and will be missed. I started eating here over 45 years ago. I remember it even before they expanded many years ago. The only place that has that old style Cantonese style Chinese food. A family owned and friendly business.

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