Thursday, January 03, 2019

Shanghai Village closes in Bethesda

Shanghai Village, one of the longest-operating restaurants still in business in downtown Bethesda, has closed at 4929 Bethesda Avenue. The Chinese restaurant has been in business for 37 years. Unlike some of the recent closures in downtown Bethesda that were caused by the closure of the nearby Regal Cinemas, and the County Council's wrecking of the "nighttime economy," the owner here says he is retiring and that "it has been a pleasure" to serve his customers for four decades in Bethesda.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Make like the ice princess and let it go, bloggerman. Nobody but you misses that raunchy theater.

Cinqo de Mayo said...

The owner's brother owns and operates Foong Lin a few blocks east.

Anonymous said...

Cinema closing is cause of all other businesses to fail everyone knows that. This guy was a hard ass worker. Best Peking Duck around carved tableside.

Anna said...

Interesting, Cinqo. I didn't know that. Thanks. Foong Lin has been around for a long time too. Used to have lunch there, back in...the 80's maybe?

Anonymous said...

Foong Lin not nearly as good.

Anonymous said...

It's a long walk from the site of that theater to Shanghai Village - over half a mile. Stop trying to hammer that square peg into that round hole.

Anonymous said...

Folks new to the area should have done a walking tour of downtown Bethesda when the theater was open. The masses of people there every weekend, the restaurants bustling with patrons, etc.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious.

Anonymous said...

7:04 If you want to know what happens after you die you can go to Foong Lin to find out.

City Lights of China is the King!!!!

Anonymous said...

@ 7:27 AM - I was in Bethesda Row Saturday night. Very crowded. Terrain was packed. Half an hour wait to be seated at Uncle Julio's. Even American Tap Room, which was just one day away from closure for re-branding, was full.

Anonymous said...

8:32 AM Really? ATR was pretty empty Saturday evening, even with all the sports action

Anonymous said...

7:28 AM Agreed! All photos should be taken between 9:30-4:30 (office hours).
Photos/videos taken from the office windows are acceptable. It's pretty cold to take photos outside the office. Trying to get the glassdoor ratings up.

Anna said...

All y'all are so funny, having this word skirmish with...well, basically no-one.
Watching the sheepshills snipe at those not paying them any attention.
Popcorn, anyone?

Anonymous said...

I looked for Glassdoor ratings for Robert Dyer and I couldn't find any entries.

Anonymous said...

And Dyer deleted the list of "nightspot" closings, which clearly shows that the vast majority were replaced by other "nightspots".

Also, he got scooped once again regarding Kapnos Kouzina.

Anonymous said...

4:17 AM Dyer first reported Kapnos closed. Quite a scoop indeed!

Anonymous said...

@07:24 am - Actually, the walking distance is less than a third of a mile between 4929 Bethesda Avenue and the [once] entrance to the movie theater at 7235 Woodmont.

Anonymous said...

My family and I have been loyal patrons since he opened up the street, at 4820 Bethesda Avenue, back in 1981. His brother shafted him royally, and Mr. Chung wound up moving to this current location, which never captured the vibrant feel of the former location. The Peking Duck was unmatched, though.

Anonymous said...

The cranky lady next door monitoring the PENANG parking spots will be pleased.