The legendary Yangtze Chinese Restaurant on Van Horne Avenue in Montreal, which was destroyed by fire on December 3, will rise from the ashes. Mel Leitman of Cavendish Business Consultants has confirmed to me that owner Marco Yau plans to rebuild. That will take several months, so here is the really big news!
Yau has purchased the Tchang Kiang Chinese Restaurant at 6066 Sherbrooke Street West in NDG. It closed last July after 35 years in business. Yau will rename it Tchang Kiang by Yangtze and hopes to have it fully operational before January 1. New menus are being ordered and the entire Yangtze staff – chefs, waiters and drivers- will move over to the new location, which seats about 75 people.
The complete Yangtze original menu will be available, as well as all of the popular choices from Tchang Kiang. When the original restaurant is restored, they will operate at two different locales. Do this sound like a chain in the making?
|Joe Lipkowicz snapped this shot after the fire.|
Last Sunday night I posted an item about the fire on my Suburban blog. It resulted in the most significant response to any other blog entry, with people writing to me and leaving comments from around the world. It is absolutely remarkable what a following the Yangtze has.
I expect there to be quite a buzz about the new location. Leitman, by the way, would love to hear your suggestions. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Artist Carole Spandau's beautiful drawing of the original restaurant's facade.|
Regarding the above painting, I contacted Carole Spandau who explained: "I painted it when they had the elaborate original marquee. That particular marquee was something that I as an artist was compelled to paint. The uniqueness of its design, the powerful warm colors and the overall towering effect it had on the Van Horne landscape was irresistible to me as a painter. I have painted it many times since and I do miss being able to sketch it from life in all its splendour and glory. That's why we artists are drawn to record the passing face of our city..".