The end of an era for popular restaurant

Handover of cheque to Howard Primary school by Chris Turner (left) and Patrick Chung, money raised during Chinese New Year celebrations. At the back is Derek Potter (school Governor).

Handover of cheque to Howard Primary school by Chris Turner (left) and Patrick Chung, money raised during Chinese New Year celebrations. At the back is Derek Potter (school Governor).

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A POPULAR family-run Chinese restaurant in Bury St Edmunds will be closing its doors at the end of February.

Patrick Chung, who runs Canton Chinese Restaurant with his sister and four brothers, said he had been planning to shut the Hatter Street restaurant for five years.

Although his customers and friends have stayed loyal throughout the recession and business is ‘okay’, he said it was time to slow down.

“It’s getting too hard, eventually you have to think about life and your health rather than business,” he said.

The 64-year-old’s family has lived in Bury for five decades and has owned the restaurant for 28 years.

“We need to break away,” said Mr Chung. “At the end of the day you have to think about whether you enjoy your life and your health is more important.”

Canton has been on the market since last year and although Mr Chung – coined Mr Bury by MP David Ruffley because of his wide involvement in the town – is open about his plans, this week he wanted to focus on celebrating Chinese New Year.