Chinatown gets ready to say goodbye to its oldest dim sum restaurant

Hadas Kuznits
January 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
Imperial Inn co-owner Tom So.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One of Chinatown's oldest dim sum restaurants will be closing its doors for the last time on Sunday.

Tom So, one of the four Imperial Inn owners, says Sunday lunch service will be there last after 45 years.

"We are the second generation," So explains. "But the third generation, they are not going to do the restaurant business." 

Customer Claudia Chung says she is sad to see them close since she has such great memories of the restaurant. 

"It was the first time I got dim sum in Philly," she said. 

But So says there's no need to be sad for them. 

"We are fine," he said. "We are fine because this is a happy ending! We are working for so many years, it's time to say goodbye and thank you for all of our supporters."


So what will becomes of this Chinatown staple? So says over the next six months the new owner plans to turn the location into a supermarket.