By Jane Knoerle
Almanac Lifestyles Editor
Su Hong restaurant, a popular Menlo Park institution since 1977, closed suddenly June 13. The sign on the door at 1039 El Camino Real says it is closed for remodeling.
Owner Bee King confirms plans to remodel the restaurant's outdated kitchen. "We've been here 35 years, so you can imagine," says Ms. King, who has been with the restaurant since its opening. She did not give a date for re-opening. "We want to take the time to do it properly," she says, also noting business is slower in the summer.
Ms. King, who has worked as Su Hong's hostess, bookkeeper, manager -- even busing dishes -- says no major remodel is planned for the restaurant's dining rooms.
For 18 years, the Almanac's readers have voted Su Hong their favorite Chinese restaurant. It is known for its Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine and white table cloth service by gracious waiters.
A 28-year customer, who did not wish to be identified, said he had dined at Su Hong the night before it closed, and that there was no indication the restaurant was closing.
Su Hong To Go, located at 630 Menlo Ave. in Menlo Park, is still open for business. It, too, is owned by Ms. King. Neither is associated with Su Hong Eatery and Chinese Restaurant, located at 4256 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, which is owned by Ms. King's former husband, David King.