California’s Famed Chinese Restaurant Closed after 44 Years Due to Economic Challenges

Another long-standing California establishment closed this week after years of increasing crime. Shanghai Chinese Cuisine, which had been in Fresno for 44 years, closed its doors on Tuesday, according to ABC 30 in California.

“I never wanted to close the restaurant. I wanted to keep Shanghai, but under all the circumstances, financially I cannot afford any longer to stay at this location,” stated owner Pauline Dunn.

She went on to say, “I never wanted to see Shanghai go down because we have a lot of customers in Fresno who love to come to Shanghai, a lot of memories.”

Despite closing the restaurant, Dunn hoped to return in a new location and assured her customers that the cuisine they knew and loved would remain the same.

“I hope when I reopen we’re going to have a lot of our customers coming back to support,” Dunn said in an interview.

California's Famed Chinese Restaurant Closed after 44 Years Due to Economic Challenges

The restaurant will close on February 29, according to ABC 30. According to the report, the eatery has been the subject of theft and vandalism in recent years. In 2022, there were numerous reports of vandalism and smashed glass.

Most notably, copper components were stolen from the air conditioner on top of the roof, making the building uncomfortably hot for some clients.

“With this situation, I can’t run my business,” Dunn explained at the time.

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Shanghai Chinese Cuisine did not immediately respond to our request for comment. Stores and offices have closed across California in recent years, with some claiming an increase in crime as a contributing factor.

Despite the fact that Oakland is a highly prosperous neighborhood, the California burger company stalwart In-N-Out recently had to close its outlet.

“We have made the decision to close our In-N-Out Burger location in Oakland, California, due to ongoing issues with crime,” Denny Warnick, In-N-Out’s chief operating officer, said in a statement in January. “Despite taking repeated steps to create safer conditions, our Customers and Associates are regularly victimized by car break-ins, property damage, theft, and armed robberies.”

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This was also In-N-Out’s first closure in its history.

“There have been several In-N-Out Burger locations which have required relocation throughout our 75 years, however, our Oakland store will be the first location we have closed,” Warnick said to Fox Business. “We feel the frequency and severity of the crimes being encountered by our Customers and Associates leave us no alternative.”

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