New Shanghai restaurant closes after 31 years

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By Vicky Gits

New Shanghai restaurant, an Evergreen landmark for more than 30 years, closed its doors forever Saturday, May 24.

Jim Lui became owner of New Shanghai in 2002 after he bought out his partner and brother-in-law, Bill Hsu, who moved to California.

New Shanghai was known for its authentic Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine and its homemade sauces.

New Shanghai becomes the second longtime Evergreen eatery to close in recent months, a result of intensifying competition. Stroh’s Restaurant and Saloon downtown closed Feb. 24 after 26 years.

Lui said he had no plans other than to take his recipes and look for a new job, something he hasn’t done since he was 18.

He said he couldn’t blame the economy.

“I think it was a little bit of everything. I really tried to do my best, but nobody is perfect,” Lui said.

“There is no blame,” he said. “Just tell my customers truly thank you from my heart. I built a lot of friendships in Evergreen over the years.”

He said no one had expressed an interest in purchasing the business or opening another restaurant in the same location.

Both Hsu and Lui came to the U.S. as refugees from Vietnam. Hsu escaped in 1975, and Lui arrived in 1978.

The restaurant was originally located in downtown Evergreen and moved to its current spot at 3719 Evergreen Parkway in the Evergreen North Shopping Center in 1983.