San Jose’s oldest full-service eatery is gone for good.
Wing’s Chinese Restaurant—known for its neon marquee with wings that actually flapped—served up Mandarin and Szechwan fare from the time it opened in Japantown in 1925 until its final closure this past weekend.
KCBS, which broke the news today, called the shutdown unexpected, although its lease at 131 Jackson St. had been up for some time.
“I just let our friends and best customers know,” owner Ashley Yu told the radio station.
She said she didn’t want her staff to be overwhelmed by customers as they tried to wind things down, which is what happened when they nearly went out of business in 2017.
Building owner Louis Wang told the Merc this morning that the cost of renovating the 1925 building—which is known for its iconic neon Wing’s sign—could run up to $600,000. He expressed doubt that anyone would be willing to fork out that kind of cash.