After 39 years, Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum to close for good | Peninsula Foodist | Elena Kadvany | Almanac Online |

Local Blogs

Peninsula Foodist

By Elena Kadvany

E-mail Elena Kadvany

About this blog: Get the latest food news with the biweekly Peninsula Foodist newsletter.
I am a perpetually hungry twenty-something journalist, born and raised in Menlo Park and currently workin...  (More)

View all posts from Elena Kadvany

After 39 years, Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum to close for good

Uploaded: Dec 4, 2018
Fans of Cho's unassuming potstickers and pork buns panicked in 2014, when the owners of the longtime Palo Alto Chinese restaurant announced plans to close after receiving a 60-day notice from their landlord.

Customers launched a petition to keep the hole-in-a-wall California Avenue restaurant from closing. Happily, owner Cho and wife Daisy Yu soon secured a new space and were able to reopen in downtown Los Altos in 2015. (Read a review of the new restaurant here.)


Cho's on 1st Street in Los Altos will close in January. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

But come Jan. 25, 2019, Cho Yu plans to retire and shutter the restaurant, according to a Facebook post.

"After 39 long years of serving the community his beloved food, Cho is finally moving on with his retirement," the post reads. "There are no immediate plans for reopening in the near future. We apologize if this inconveniences anyone."


Cho's potstickers, dumplings and vegetarian egg rolls. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

The post quickly drew comments from loyal customers lamenting the closure but also thanking Yu for decades of dim sum and memories.

"I've been eating Cho's potstickers since 1986," wrote Tyler Aguinaldo. "My kids grew up on them. I knew this day would come at some point...Congratulations on your retirement Cho. You will be sorely missed!"

Paul Kern, who said that he has eaten there since 1983, described how Yu always remembered his customers.

"His memory is astounding," Kern wrote. "Palo Alto/Los Altos just lost more of its quaint, small town character, and in my mind, there’s not a lot of it left."

Until Jan. 25, Cho's is open at 209 1st St. daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

Comments

 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Mark Weiss, a resident of Downtown North,
on Dec 4, 2018 at 10:08 pm

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

Is he merging with HonCho, next door?


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Love Them Potstickers, a resident of Fairmeadow,
on Dec 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Recipie please?


Follow this blogger.
Sign up to be notified of new posts by this blogger.

Email:

SUBMIT
Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Get fact-based reporting on the COVID-19 crisis sent to your inbox daily.

The Nut House is back -- with a self-taught chef and Palo Alto native in the kitchen
By Elena Kadvany | 16 comments | 6,753 views

Some of your comments on nuclear energy
By Sherry Listgarten | 22 comments | 5,468 views

Public statues: Up or down? But does the historical importance of the individuals represented matter?
By Diana Diamond | 38 comments | 3,538 views

Bay Area and Palo Alto RHNA
By Steve Levy | 14 comments | 1,994 views

Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas - A Critical First Step for Rebuilding Downtown Menlo Park?
By Dana Hendrickson | 18 comments | 1,951 views