Golden House Chinese restaurant downtown to close; Sonic to open
05/06/2014 5:00 AM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — Golden House may be an especially small downtown restaurant unknown to many around the city, but it has its devotees, and they are dejected.
The restaurant is closing after 16 years at 504 S. Broadway, which is a few blocks south of Douglas.
"I'm totally devastated," says Tim Harjo, who eats there several times a week.
Owners Hai Nguyen and Ha Luong, who came from Vietnam 23 years ago, are retiring to Atlanta to be with their three children and seven grandchildren.
Nguyen has been telling longtime customers the news as she serves them.
"Where am I going to eat now?" or some variation of that has been the popular question.
One answer could be Sonic. That's what's going to open on the property.
A new 1,800-square-foot building will replace the Golden House space. The drive-in restaurant should be open by the end of the year.
Nguyen isn't sure when she'll close. It could be this week or next week.
She is sure of one thing, though.
"I'll be so sad. I'll miss all my customers over here," Nguyen says. "Thank you, everyone."
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