Loyal customers were shocked and saddened by the sudden closing on Sunday evening of Yenching restaurant, a Szechuan-style Chinese eatery that has been a staple of Harvard Square for decades.
A typed note taped on the store’s window read: “It has been a great pleasure serving you. Thank you not only for your patronage but also your friendship.” Workers inside the restaurant declined to comment further about why Yenching closed its doors.
The landmark Chinese restaurant has occupied the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Holyoke Street since its opening almost exactly 40 years ago on Nov. 26th, 1975.
Customers who frequented the restaurant expressed their disappointment at the news.
Economics professor N. Gregory Mankiw said in an emailed statement that he would often take students there for lunch or dinner.
“I’ve been going to Yenching for decades,” Mankiw wrote. “I will miss the scrumptious kung pao chicken. But even more, I will miss the proprietors and their ever-reliable hospitality.”
William S. Xiao ’16 described himself as heartbroken about the closure of his favorite restaurant.
“It’s the restaurant I go to when I want food like it is at home,” he said. “It’s the one thing that’s been a constant in my four years at Harvard.”
Nathaniel B. Horwitz ’18 was likewise upset when he learned of Yenching’s closure.
“Yenching is a true gem of Harvard Square,” Horwitz said. “I’m devastated.”
Even students who attended Harvard when Yenching first opened recalled fond memories.
“It was such an important restaurant in my life,” Marina E. Grossi ’79 said. “Yenching was really popular amongst students when it first opened. Their lunchtime buffet offered interesting Chinese food, and it was relatively cheap.”
Even Yenching’s biggest fans, however, are starting to come to terms with the closure of their favorite dining spot.
“I guess it’s Spice Thai from here on out,” Horwitz said.
—Staff writer Sharon Yang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @sharonjyang.
With a Little Help From the YenchingYenching, a Chinese restaurant on the corner of Holyoke Street and Mass. Ave., was the only place to eat in
Pelzel Appointed Head Of Yenching InstituteJohn C. Pelzel, professor of Anthropology, has been appointed director of the Harvard Yenching Institute. The post has been vacant
New Restaurants to Open in SquareTwo restaurants will open in the Square in the buildings formerly occupied by As You Like It, destroyed by fire,
Harvard Guards Against EpidemicIn response to growing global concern over Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the University is taking measures to disseminate information
China Book Campaign Hunts for Used TextsThe new Books for China Committee renewed its "S.O.S," call last night for all kinds of used students' textbooks, as