By reporter Steven Smalley
In the Chinese culture, 33 is considered a lucky number, according to the staff at the Gim Wah restaurant, where they are about to commemorate its 33rd anniversary. Owner Alan Chan invites everyone to celebrate at the restaurant he inherited from his father, Tom, with a free buffet September 7, 5-8PM. Chan sends everyone wishes for good health and a prosperous life.
Looking back over the decades, he says, “There have been big changes in Magnolia. Large families would come to the restaurant. People used to get together. Now no more.” Continuing he said, “There are no big tables because there aren’t any big families. Four people is the biggest table we ever see.”
Judy Moffett, the long-tenured bar manager, says she remembers other businesses that previously occupied the building. “There was the East Winds Restaurant prior to the Gim Wah and before that it was a laundromat.” The restaurant is actually two premises, she reveals. One is the dining room and the other makes up the lounge.
Along with free food during the party, drink specials will also be available.
Gim Wah is the longest existing restaurant under one ownership in Magnolia, according to employees. The Gim, as some locals call it, is located at 3418 West McGraw Street.