Fam­ily moves on from restau­rant

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

A CHI­NESE restau­rant es­tab­lished in Atwell in the mid-90s has been sold.

Atwell Chi­nese Restau­rant, on Ly­don Boule­vard, opened in March, 1997, and went on to be­come a pop­u­lar fam­ily-run restau­rant for the area.

Ken Luo took over run­ning the restau­rant when his brother Michael, who es­tab­lished the eatery af­ter mov­ing to Aus­tralia, died in 2003.

Mr Luo said it was a hard de­ci­sion to sell, but his fam­ily now needed time to do other things.

“We’ve been here a long time and it is a big change, but with the kids study­ing it’s hard on them be­cause we can be here un­til 11pm,” he said.

“They want to be able to en­joy their hol­i­days and have some more free time.

“Some­times you have to make a choice.

“My par­ents are get­ting older now and I need more time to look af­ter them.”

Atwell res­i­dent Michelle James was a cus­tomer on open­ing night in 1997 and went on to work at the restau­rant.

“At the time there were no shops, no Gate­way, no school, no com­mu­nity cen­tre, so the restau­rant was a place where peo­ple could go,” she said.

“They’re very mod­est peo­ple who give a lot to the com­mu­nity. It’s very sad to see them go.”

The restau­rant will re­main open un­der new man­age­ment.

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