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Pagoda Roof Restaurants

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former Weylu's Restaurant [gone]
Saugus, MA
Weylu's had two other locations, one in Woburn and another in Saugus, but all of them are gone now. The restaurants had vast menus with Chinese, Japanese and Thai food. At 51,000 square feet, this building was supposedly the largest Chinese restaurant ever built. The building was constructed from 1986-1989 at a cost of $13 million. It was modeled after the Forbidden Palace in Beijing. The Weylu's building was a dramatic sight overlooking Route 1. Weylu's closed in 1999. The restaurant sat empty with boarded up windows and broken tile, surrounded by an immense parking lot. Around 2004, after a multi-million dollar renovation, it reopened as East Manor. In 2006, the Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant took over the building. That business closed in 2009 and the building remained vacant until it was demolished in 2015. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Pagoda [gone]
Portland, OR
The Pagoda opened in 1940. The orange tilework was added later. These photos are from 2008. The restaurant closed later that year. The building has been extensively remodeled with the pagoda features removed. The building now houses a bank. [map]

Ying Dynasty
Mattapoisett, MA
The Ying Dynasty Chinese restaurant opened in 1951 as the Cathay Temple. It became the Ying Dynasty in 2010. The building's roof probably had tiles originally. The Bowl-Mor which features duckpin bowling is located next door. It was built in 1946. [map]

Oriental House
St. Matthews, KY
Hong Kong Restaurant
Pensacola, FL
The Oriental House features a pagoda-influenced building and sign. It has been here since at least the 1960s. The rooftop neon sign is lit at night. I don't know if the freestanding sign is. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hong Kong Restaurant survived the 130 mph winds of Hurricane Ivan in 2004 pretty well. The neon tubing is broken but the entrance structure is pretty much intact. Other surrounding businesses were not so lucky. [map]

Chinatown Restaurant & Japanese Steak House
Kentwood, MI
The Chinatown Restaurant & Japanese Steak House opened in 1975. The building was rebuilt after a fire in 1980. [map]

Lin's Cuisine [gone]
New Bedford, MA
The Lin's Cuisine building originally housed the York Wong Restaurant when it was built in 1949. In 2000, the name was changed to Lin's Cuisine. These photos are from 2005 and 2006. After a fire, Lin's relocated nearby. By 2011, this building had been demolished. [middle photo thanks DinerFan]

Panda Garden
Boyertown, PA
East Wok Asian Gourmet [gone]
Glen Cove, NY
The Panda Garden restaurant appears to be an oldie. I don't know if it was expanded at the sides or if this is how it always looked. [map]

The East Wok Asian Gourmet opened in 2003. The building previously housed Eva's Lantern, a Chinese-American restaurant. These photos are from 2005. The building housed at least one other Chinese restaurant after that. In 2013, the building was undergoing major remodeling for the Sweet Mandarin Bistro. The pagoda features are gone. [photo thanks DinerFan]

House of Louie
Portland, OR
Grand Fortuna
San Antonio, TX
The House of Louie building opened in 1922. It includes a mix of restaurants, pool hall, barber shop, bakery, flower shop and other stores. The exterior includes dragon pillars, a dragon wall relief, neon signs and a green tile roof. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Grand Fortuna Chinese restaurant looks like an oldie. I imagine the building and sign might have been accented with neon and the torches were probably lit. [map]

Hong Kong Restaurant
Cloquet, MN
The Hong Kong Restaurant features a pagoda-topped building and sign. [map]

Woo's Pagoda Restaurant [gone]
Eau Claire, WI
China Town Food Stand [gone]
St. Paul, MN
Woo's Pagoda Restaurant opened in 1951. The restaurant closed in 2008. In 2009, the place reopened as the Red Parrot Nightclub and Lounge. The neon sign over the entrance was removed. However, the pagoda and other building details remained. These photos are from 2011. In 2014, the 18 foot tall pagoda was removed from the roof before the building was demolished for a CVS drug store. The pagoda will be displayed in Carson Park after it is restored. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The China Town Food Stand was located at the Minnesota State Fair. This photo is from 2007. The building was still there in 2009 but gone by 2013.

More Pagoda Roof Restaurants:
Hop Louie (Los Angeles, CA)
Hunan Taste (Denville, NJ) [map]

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