King Fong Cafe

Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: King Fong Cafe
Date: 1920
Notes: Info from the Omaha Chamber of Commerce states: "Many of the early Chinese residents carried the name Chin, after Gin Ah Chin who served as the patriarch of Omaha’s Chinese community for many years. After leaving Canton for America, he moved to Omaha in 1890 to start a restaurant. The ornately appointed King Fong Cafe, established by Gin Ah Chin in 1921, still serves authentic Chinese food on the second floor of a downtown building at 315 S. 16th Street. The dining room features embroidered silk wall hangings imported by Chin from Hong Kong in 1919 and marble-topped teakwood tables inlaid with mother-of-pearl."

An ad for their grand opening is dated 1920 with the president's name listed as Chin Gin, so there is a slight discrepancy with the above information.

The King Fong Cafe has been recognized as Omaha's oldest, longest-operating restaurant. Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election, Citizen Ruth, The Descendants) and Ann Beeder purchased the King Fong in 2012 with plans to restore the entire building. Click here to view interior King Fong photos from Jane Fonda.

Green and gold rim lines, with King Fong in green in a cartouche.

ID and platter photo contributed by krisbaker
Sugar bowl photo contributed by Susan Phillips

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