The popular North Shore restaurant, Kowloon, has put rumors of closure to rest.
Rumors of a closure began circulating after the owner informed the Saugus, Mass., Planning Board Thursday night that the restaurant was looking into alternative uses for the property in the future, WCVB reports.
Kowloon squashed those rumors with a statement on Twitter.
“We are not sold or closing soon,” the restaurant wrote. “There has been a lot of speculation regarding our planning board appearance tonight. We just want to clarify what is actually happening. We are only planning for the future which will be years not months away.”
The restaurant has just completed its 70th year in business and acknowledged it will eventually have to close, but won’t be doing so anytime soon.
“We have just completed our 70th year in business and realize that though rewarding, it’s such a demanding life. And there will be an end at some point…just not now,” the restaurant said.
Owner Bobby Wong explained to the Saugus Advertiser that the next generation of family members do not want to be involved with the restaurant, noting the “tough” nature of the industry.
An attorney representing the restaurant presented a preliminary subdivision plan for the property to the Saugus Planning Board Thursday night.
The architectural renderings included in attorney Richard Magnan’s application show two separate lots on the restaurant property. One is 195,314 square-feet and the other is 119,000 square-feet, according to the Saugus Advertiser.
The plan, Magnan said, was put together in anticipation of the Wong family redeveloping the Kowloon property into potential commercial uses or a mixed-use development, the Saugus Advertiser reports.
The Saugus Planning Board will continue discussions of the subdivision plan in its next meeting on Jan. 21, the paper writes.
In response to COVID-19, the Kowloon has offered creative solutions to help the restaurant stay in business throughout the pandemic. Over the summer, the restaurant offered drive-in movies and car-side service and popular mixed drinks drinks to go.