San Jose Loses 'Sign' Of Its Culinary History

Matt Bigler
August 28, 2019 - 8:59 pm
Wing's Chinese Restaurant was the oldest eatery in San Jose when it closed in February 2019.

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Yet another of San Jose's historic signs is coming down. The neon banner that adorned what had been the oldest Chinese restaurant in Northern California was removed on Wednesday. 

Wing's, which also bore the distinction of being San Jose's oldest full service restaurant, served its last plate of Mandarin chicken when it shuttered in February

The restaurant opened its doors in 1925 and the green and red neon sign that illuminated its location for 50 of those years is also gone for good. 

The neon sign that once lighted the way to Wing's Chinese Restaurant was removed on Aug. 28, 2019, months after the restaurant shut.
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"Very sad, but happy at the same time," said owner Ashley Yu who intends to open Wing's catering in the fall. "Hopefully still be able to serve our food to the customer that didn't get the chance to eat our last meal back in February."

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For now, the sign will be stored at History San Jose. 

Barista Crystal Rast who works at another of Japantown's historic locations, Roy's Coffee Shop, said she hopes the Wing's sign and others like it will be preserved and put on display. She cited Las Vegas' Neon Museum as a model. 

"It would be cool if we had something like that for all the old signs of San Jose," Rast said. "Like a place where we could put them so people who are visiting could see it."