Popular restaurant to cease trading
A POPULAR Chinese restaurant in the Millfield area of Peterborough is to close after 20 years in business due to the pressures of the current economic climate.
The family-run Emperor restaurant in Lincoln Road will hold its final day of trading on Saturday, June 2.
The restaurant’s owner Tony Cheung said that the decision had been a tough call to make.
He said: “It’s down to a number of reasons really. The current climate is very tough for all businesses.
“At the same time our chef is set to retire and we just thought the time was right to stop.
“It is sad because we’ve been here for 20 years and have many memories and made several friends for life.
“I have been in the restaurant trade for 40 years now, I’m nearly 60 years of age and things are catching up with me.
“If I was a younger man, maybe 40 or 50, then maybe I could carry on but now it feels different.
“I don’t know what I’ll do next but I think I will just take it easy for a little while.”
Mr Cheung said that he would be selling the venue and that a number of parties had expressed interest in the premises.
He added: “It would be nice if the building could stay as a restaurant and continue the tradition.
“I have heard from a number of customers in the past few days, word of our closure has certainly travelled fast.
“I would like to thank them for their kind words and hope to welcome them for a final time over the next few weeks.”
A number of customers have contacted the Evening Telegraph to express their sadness at the news.
Customer Helen Porter, of Elton Road, Sibson, said: “For me it’s the best Chinese restaurant in Peterborough.
“It’s a family-run business and you’re always made to feel welcome whenever you eat there.
“The food is very traditional Chinese cuisine and consistently cooked to a good standard.”
Ms Porter, who works in the marketing industry, added: “If the owners had told me they were closing a month ago I would have willingly started a free advertising campaign for them.”
CLOSURE: The Emperor Chinese restaurant in Peterborough.