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China Garden, 724 Harden Street: 2009   7 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in closing

I first wrote about this building back on 10 April 2009 when I was doing a closing on Kester's Bamboo House, and China Garden may have been closed even then, at least I don't recall seeing anyone inside, and from the pictures I took then (two of which open this closing), there already appear to be signs of work around the front door.

I'm not a big fan of Chinese food, and this wasn't one of my mother's favored places, so I never ended up eating here, but China Garden has certainly been a Five Points landmark for many years. The building has been there so long that when the fatal Harden Street renovation reached China Garden, they went under the sidewalk to shore up the foundations and found there were no foundations. This caused the street work to stall in front for an inordinate amount of time while they figured out what to do. Presumably that is all fixed now..

Anyway, it's definitely closed now, and it appears that it will reopen soon as a place called Grandma's, which I expect will no longer be Asian cusine. If they keep the "pagoda" sign as it appears they will be doing, we will have two non-Chinese restaurants in town with Chinese-themed signage. (The other is Bombay Grill.

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Written by ted on October 8th, 2009

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7 Responses to 'China Garden, 724 Harden Street: 2009'

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  1. I think I ate here once when I was a freshman at USC in 1989. It hasn't been a restaurant for at least 3-4 years. Most recently, it was the typical 5 Points dive bar callled "China Garden."


    8 Oct 09 at 8:21 am

  2. Bummer. Doc's Gumbo Grill is closing. Love that place.


    8 Oct 09 at 9:13 am

  3. I liked China Garden back in the 90s. At some point it went downhill and then it just became a bar.

    Mr Bill

    8 Oct 09 at 10:24 am

  4. Wasn't that originally Kester's Bamboo House?


    20 Oct 09 at 8:24 pm

  5. Sorry! One day I will learn to read Ted's comments before writing stuff that's already been written.


    20 Oct 09 at 8:26 pm

  6. When did Kesters close and where did the family go. I was in the Army in 64 there Ft. Jackson and knew there daughter Rose Marie-any news about them. thanks russ

    Russell Whidden

    28 Feb 10 at 9:21 pm

  7. If you follow the geneology link on the Kester's Bamboo House entry, you may (or may not) find someone who can help you there..


    28 Feb 10 at 10:26 pm

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