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Yen Ching closing for good this time

04/28/2014 5:00 AM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — Yen Ching Chinese Restaurant & Club, which has been at 430 N. Rock for three decades, has had a history of closing for periods of time that make customers think its closing for good.

This time, it is.

The restaurant's last day in business likely will be May 15.

"After 30 years ... we need to rest a while and then think about what's the next step," says Cathy Chang, who owns the business with her husband, Tom.

That could mean they will reopen elsewhere.

"We'll think about it."

Chang says their lease is up, and their landlord wants the space. She hears it may be for a Mexican restaurant. Chang says there's a chance the building will be demolished and replaced.

The Changs have started to tell diners they're closing, and Cathy Chang says they're expressing their disappointment.

"We're very sad about it, too."

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