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Menlo Park: Farewell Su Hong, hello Yum Cha Palace

Uploaded: Dec 8, 2015

Ever since Su Hong To Go in downtown Menlo Park changed hands in September, new owner Jason Kwan and his staff have been furiously reassuring panicking customers: "Everything is the same; nothing has been changed!" (beyond the name of the restaurant, which is now Chef Kwan’s).

But Kwan’s other forthcoming Menlo Park restaurant, Yum Cha Palace, will be somewhat of a departure from the Su Hong sit-down location that he’s taken over, just steps away from the to-go outpost.

Jason Kwan, the owner of Jason's Cafe in Menlo Park, took over both the to-go and sit-down locations of longtime and much-loved Chinese restaurant Su Hong. He is pictured above in the to-go outpost on Menlo Avenue. Photo by Michelle Le/Almanac News.

Yum Cha Palace will serve traditional Chinese dim sum, Kwan said in an interview Monday. There will also be lots of fresh seafood, he said, such as live lobster and crab.

Kwan said he is currently waiting on city approval for remodeling plans for the space at 1039 El Camino Real, which has sat empty since it suddenly closed for remodeling in 2012. No opening date has been set yet, but he said he’s hoping for sometime in the next three to four months.

The original sit-down Su Hong restaurant opened its doors in 1977. Five years later, another location opened in Palo Alto, which is still in operation though under independent ownership.

Su Hong To Go opened at 630 Menlo Ave. in 1991 "to serve the ever-increasing number of repeat customers with to-go orders," the restaurant's website reads. Its last day of business before transitioning to Chef Kwan’s was Sept. 30.

Kwan is also the owner of Jason's Cafe in Menlo Park, which opened at 1246 El Camino Real in 2008.