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The Death of Kuong Jou Cafe

Filed under: Living in SLC, UT — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Mike and I ate there once. I had a cup of Hot Sour soup and a cup of steamed rice. I can’t remember what Mike ordered. It was a typical Chinese-American restaurant where you could order Egg Foo Young, Chop Suey and a hamburger. We enjoyed our meal, but we never went back.

They took the menu out of the cabinet on the outside wall. Only a wooden panel looks at us now. When I peek into the windows, they have striped it down to the cement. Nothing remains of the leatherette seating and the fish tank. All that dark wood paneling is gone and I didn’t even see it leave. One day, we considered going to that restaurant and opted for the trendy Tex-Mex cafe across the street. The next day, they were gone.

I hope they don’t remove the beautiful neon sign. What will Sugarhouse be without it?



  1. The Kuong Jou appears to have character. There’s no room for such silliness. Make way for McDonald’s and Wal Mart ! Facelessness is good for you.

    Comment by Gene M — 11/11/2005 @ 3:15 pm

  2. Kuong jou’s was what i grew up on chinese food wise. my parent’s first date was at koung jou’s over 26 years agao. and it has been what i measure other chinese restaurants against. they had the BEST ham fried rice and the cheapest lunch prices in town! not to mention the rest of their menu was not over priced. the service was great and you know that the food was cooked with tlc. I can truly admit that i let a tear go when i learned they were no longer the longest standing establishment in sugarhouse. My friends and myself are at a huge loss. I will miss you Koung Jou’s and thank you for all the great memories of your juke box and old plants that i remember growing from nothing much taller than me, to crawling all over the ceiling just a couple months ago. you will be missed! more than you know!!

    Comment by rob cogliani — 5/14/2006 @ 12:13 am

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