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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2012-11-26 7:31 pm   Permalink

The message from the link on the previous page.

"Hong Kong Inn
Chinese Restaurant - Since 1964

After 48 wonderful years, 100,000 Scorpions and Mai Tais, 3,600 Polynesian revues, 10 children, and 15 grandchildren, the Hong Kong Inn of Ventura will be closing its doors on November 30, 2012.

Were retiring!

Jimmy and Carrie Kwan and Tommy and Connie Kwan, along with the entire Kwan family, would like to thank their employees, customers and friends, and the Ventura community for their support and patronage. Hong Kong Inn started as the immigrant dreams of two brothers and grew into generations of happiness, friendships, triumphs and indelible memories.

Thank you.

Hong Kong Inn
435 East Thompson Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 648-3161"



 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2012-11-26 8:00 pm   Permalink

I guess none of the kids want to run it now?

 
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tikiyaki
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2012-11-26 8:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-11-26 20:00, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
I guess none of the kids want to run it now?



Bummer.


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2012-11-26 8:11 pm   Permalink

So sorry to hear! CeCe and I are heading up tomorrow- gotta have them ono grinds and bad drinks one mo time.
T Y, King B, B B, mahalo for the heads up
Cheers

[ This Message was edited by: nui 'umi 'umi 2012-11-26 20:14 ]


 
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heylownine
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Posted: 2012-11-26 9:17 pm   Permalink

Bummer indeed. I'm really glad John-O organized the trip up there this past March. Those are some great memories to hang on to.

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JOHN-O
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2012-11-26 9:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-11-26 20:00, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
I guess none of the kids want to run it now?


Sorry ATP, I grew up with enough Chinese American kids to know that ain't gonna happen. In fact the HKI owners' niece and nephew are close friends of mine who "slaved" in the 3rd sibling's Chinese restaurant back in Massachusetts.

Trust me, kids who had to work for free in the family business and then were expected to get straight A's just so they could attend a good university ain't gonna go back to serving chop suey. The real happy ending would be if the Chinese immigrant or Mexican bus boy who stuck it out to become manager bought the place out. Unfortunately that wasn't the case.

Uncle Jimmy and Uncle Tommy, take the money and run !! You deserve it.


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2012-11-28 9:22 pm   Permalink

My better half wanted to visit the HKI one mo time . On Tue.s we had a drink in the bar, had their delicious grinds in the dining room and reminisced about the wonderful time we had with fellow TC'ers (thanx John-o) last time we were there. Had more very good ( I take back my negative comments about their drinks) tropical drinks in the bar afterwards and we had a delightful conversation with Jimmy Kwan,owner of HKI. Nice,nice gentleman.Very interesting. When Jimmy left for the evening his brother Tommy took over bar-tending duties.Tommy also regaled us with some interesting and amusing stories. Turns out Tommy is a Viet Nam vet. My hat's off to him. We closed the place and walked (sorta) back to the Crowne Plaza . Next day we went back for lunch and of course another yummy "Chinese Itch" Btw, anyone have the recipe?
We sadly bade farewell to these two amazing gentlemen-but not before wishing them the best in the next chapter of their lives.
Two mores day's until the HKI will be no more. Open for lunch and dinner tomorrow and Friday-get there if you can.
Cheers
PS unfortunately there is no Polynesian review on Fri.
Jimmy Kwan at work.

Tommy Kwan and HIs other half. Regretfully, I did not get her name-Chime in if you know it John-0. She's a lovely lady.

This is the bar in ambient light using a tripod and "enhanced" on my Mac..

This is the Pi-Yi,made famous by John-0's bus ride to the HKI with those crazy TC'er's. We were enhanced and needed a tripod the previous night.





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-11-29 5:37 pm   Permalink

So, this Friday is the last day. Mrs. Dustycajun and I are heading down after work for one lat Pi-Yi and eggroll happy hour. Anybody from the 805 up for a meet and greet around 5:30?

DC


 
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Rob Roy
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From: Ventura, CA
Posted: 2012-11-29 6:38 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-11-29 17:37, Dustycajun wrote:
So, this Friday is the last day. Mrs. Dustycajun and I are heading down after work for one lat Pi-Yi and eggroll happy hour. Anybody from the 805 up for a meet and greet around 5:30?

DC



I know I'll be there. Just not sure what time.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-12-03 1:10 pm   Permalink

Well, we made it to the Hong Kong Inn for the last night on Friday. The place was crowded with guests coming to say good bye, including Mr. and Mrs. Bongo Fury.

Mr. Jimmy behind the bar one more time after 58 years of mixing.



Got to talk to Jimmy for a few minutes, he shared stories of moving to Ventura in 1958, starting the restaurant and sending all of his children through college.

Tried the Scorpion bowl.



And the Lapu Lapu with the Hong Kong Inn Fantasy appetizer special



Grabbed a few keepsakes.





End of an era.

DC

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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2012-12-03 5:32 pm   Permalink

Dusty, I asked Jimmy what he put into the Scorpion (he said"rum.whiskey, and gin"). I tried it and I liked it.
Cheers

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Tele295
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From: RinKonTiki, CA
Posted: 2014-01-07 1:57 pm   Permalink

I was driving by the Hong Kong Inn about a week or 2 ago, and it was all lit up with a big sign that said "Reopening Soon"!!!!

 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2014-01-07 5:46 pm   Permalink

T295, My friend in Ventura nosed around the HKI and hes of the opinion that the opening of the restaurant is at least 8 months away. Wish it was sooner.
Cheers
Btw, there is a strong feeling among those he spoke with that the dance troupe would be returning.


 
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MauiRose
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Posted: 2014-03-23 8:11 pm   Permalink

On March 15, VCS (Ventura County Star) Eats posted:

Hong Kong Inn has reopened under new management in Downtown Ventura, bringing back the flaming cocktails, the red wall phone and the Tinas Ports of Paradise Polynesian Dance Production revues (at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) from the old, pre iPhone days.
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/mar/15/cafe-society-so-long-eric-ericssons-and-thanks/

There's a photo on the VCS Facebook page too:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151935355891561


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christiki295
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Posted: 2014-03-23 8:59 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-03-23 20:11, MauiRose wrote:
On March 15, VCS (Ventura County Star) Eats posted:

Hong Kong Inn has reopened under new management in Downtown Ventura, bringing back the flaming cocktails, the red wall phone and the Tinas Ports of Paradise Polynesian Dance Production revues (at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) from the old, pre iPhone days.
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/mar/15/cafe-society-so-long-eric-ericssons-and-thanks/




Excellent news.


 
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