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New Bedford landmark “Chuck’s China Inn” permanently closes doors


The popular New Bedford landmark Chuck’s China Inn has closed its doors and the location is now available to be leased.

The Chinese restaurant has been a favorite destination for generations of hungry eaters and known for its water feature decorated entrance, the wooden dragon carved on the ceiling that at one time used to actually spew smoke from its mouth to the delight and fascination of children, and one of the best spots to sip a Scorpion Bowl.

While no reason has been given as to the cause of the recent announcement, in all likelihood it is another casualty of COVID-19. Most businesses have struggled to stay alive during the worldwide pandemic and restaurants have been some of the hardest hit.

The iconic landmark is situated on Acushnet Avenue alongside scores of businesses, offers 3,700 sq. ft. of space with a 1,700 sq. ft. kitchen, two dining areas that can hold 130 people, a full bar (liquor license can be made available), and a large basement that features a walk-in cooler and adjoining storage space, and has both off-street parking and its own parking lot. This makes it an ideal location for any business, restaurant or otherwise.

Have fond memories of Chuck’s China Inn? What were your favorite dishes on the menu? Leave a comment below or inbox us at info@newbedfordguide.com.

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  1. How many years have they been in business?

  2. Hot chicken sandwich. White meat, white bread. Chinese gravy. Served open face. Ordered it every time in the 60’s and 70’s.
    My father who recently passed away at age 93 always talked about the chow mein sandwiches wrapped in wax paper for take out were only 5 cents when he was young.

  3. I remember my mother actually working there when I was a child! I remember chicken chow me in sandwiches she would bring home for us. The funniest memory was calling her several times a night when my brother and I would argue over the tv, also known as the babysitter for us latch-key kids in the 80s, until she got on the phone and yelled at us to stop calling her at work! Haha. The food was excellent and the real treat would be visiting the enormous dragon on the ceiling. To a little kid, it was magical!

  4. PuPu Platters……. Such a treat Way back when…… So sad to see it go!

  5. I was a friend of Chuck and Mona’s son, David, who got me a job there as a dishwasher/busboy when I was in high school back in the late 60’s. After my shift, I could order anything on the menu for free. They were all good people who ran a good business for a very long time. Sorry to see them close.

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