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Salem Lowe’s, North Shore Chinese restaurant located in Salem Willows Park, will close its doors for fine dining on August 14, making this summer its last popular restaurant. The neighborhood has been in operation for over 50 years.
Owner David Yee said the destination is closing because he is retiring. Ye sold the property and said the future of the place was uncertain, but it was possible that it would still be a restaurant.
“My father [joined the partnership] For Salem Lowe’s Restaurant in the late 1960s,” Ye said. “In the mid-1970s…we bought this property… [I started working there] Right after school, because at that time they had just bought the restaurant and needed help.”
Salem Lowe is best known for their chop suey sandwiches, but customers also enjoyed chicken fingers, lobster, chow mein, sweet and sour pork, and fried wontons. Ye said he became attached to members of the community because his restaurant had been a fixture in the neighborhood for so long.
“For 50 years, I’ve seen clients from the ’70s grow up and grow their children,” Yi said. “I guess you can say that it is a tradition for the locals. Since the news came out, many people have come to say goodbye or good luck.”
He added, “They’ve been coming here all their lives. Lots of clients become friends.”
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