Owners of a nearly five-decade old Chinese restaurant may be on the hunt for new digs now that the City Council’s zoning committee approved an apartment development project on its site. Wing Hoe Szechwan and Mandarin has operated in a 106-year-old mansion at 5356 N. Sheridan Road in Edgewater, and Block Club reported that though the full City Council has not yet approved the plan, the committee’s decision represents a significant win for developers.
A representative from Alderman (Ward 48) Harry Osterman’s office said Wing Hoe’s owners are looking for a new location, though they declined to share their plans with reporters. Chicago real estate company MCZ Development plans to build a four-story apartment building with 50 units, five of which are considered affordable housing. The proposed building also counts as “transit-oriented development” because of its proximity to the Berwyn Red Line station, and will have 21 parkings spots.
First opened in 1971, Wing Hoe offers a comprehensive menu of American-Chinese, Mandarin, and Szechwan dishes. These include classics such as shrimp with lobster sauce, General Tso’s chicken, and ma po tofu, as well as “family style dinners” that feed two, three, four, six, or eight. The restaurant also houses a full bar, with tiki drinks including Singapore slings and mai tais.
Wing Hoe is currently open on North Sheridan Road in Edgewater. Stay tuned for news of the restaurant’s next move.