THE weekend marked the end of an era for staff and customers of a popular Bury St Edmunds Chinese restaurant.
On Saturday, after 28 years of serving its cuisine to the local community, Canton Chinese Restaurant, in Hatter Street, closed its doors for good – much to the regret of its loyal customers, who this week expressed their gratitude in the way of countless cards, letters, gifts and flowers.
Owner Patrick Chung, who ran the business with brothers Donald, Marlon, Charlie and their spouses, said: “I’m emotional and a bit sad for the community which has supported us for 28 years – without them we wouldn’t have been here so long – but we have to consider our health.”
Mr Chung, who will celebrate his 65th birthday later his year, said he and his family had been trying to take a step back from the restaurant for around five years but were short staffed and had finally decided to make their health a higher priority than their business.
The closure is unlikely to prevent future Chinese New Year celebrations, previously held in the restaurant.
“I won’t let that go. I’ll probably plan something because it’s traditional and we’re very lucky in Bury to have such a celebration,” said Mr Chung.