New Chinese Cuisine to move into coffee shop
New Chinese Cuisine owners Feng Li and David Chen are moving their restaurant from Main Street in Forest Grove into their 21st Avenue coffee shop.
The couple has been running New Chinese Cuisine and Coffee House in the Grove simultaneously for the last two years. When they lost their Main Street lease, they decided to combine their businesses.
Not a lot of Forest Grove restaurant spaces open up, Li said, so they planned to "keep it simple" by using the space they currently occupy.
New Chinese Cuisine has been closed since the New Year and will reopen in the 21st Avenue space in about two months once the building has been remodeled. Construction will start in about two weeks, and the coffee shop will be closed during the revamp.
Their new business will feature New Chinese Cuisine's traditional menu, along with café fare.
When Li and Chen first found out they would be losing the lease on their New Chinese Cuisine space, they planned to close the Chinese restaurant. "We thought we would just take it easy," Li said, "But then we were just like, 'No, we can't just stop.'" They would miss the customers too much, she said.
Having owned and operated New Chinese Cuisine for 10 years, Li said they have seen their regulars grow up, get married, have babies and retire.
"To see the regular people coming back, it's like, 'OK, we're doing good,'" Li said. "Hopefully we will open again soon to serve people."
The modified space will seat about 45 people, Li said, so it will be a little on the small side but I will have everything they need.
The business will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will also offer takeout options.
By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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