Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Exit the Dragon: Longtime Downtown OKC Eatery Says Goodbye

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Exit the Dragon: Longtime Downtown OKC Eatery Says Goodbye

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OKLAHOMA CITY - On Friday the words, "We're going to miss you," rang repeatedly through the air at The Golden Dragon Chinese buffet in the First National Center.

Greeting cards lined the shelf behind the counter. The same sentiment was expressed on the folded paper: Ken Huor and his wife, Kheng Huor, are leaving a void in downtown.

The Huors were closing their restaurant after operating it downtown for nearly 30 years. Renovations at FNC will start soon, so the few remaining tenants had to be out by July 31.

"I would have made it longer," Ken Huor said. "I'm so sad to leave here."

Huor didn't plan on getting into the restaurant business. But when the opportunity presented itself, he took it.

He managed the restaurant. His wife cooked breakfast hot to order and made the food that filled the buffet.

On Friday, breakfast customers were lined up out the door. The crowd dissipated before 11 a.m. A small line started forming at 11:10 a.m. for lunch, and by 11:20, it was near the door.

"We're going to miss you," one customer said. "My dad that worked at Devon - he said the same thing. We'll miss you. You've been a part of our lives."

Huor would smile back. He gave a lot of hugs during the lunch hour and even posed for pictures.

Jamie Magnetta was one of the many people who came for their last bite of the buffet. She works at the Oklahoma Tax Commission. She first came to The Golden Dragon when her mom worked downtown. Huor remembered her mom as well, and would always ask about her, Magnetta said.

"This was our place," she said.

Her mom, dad and sister started making weekly trips to The Golden Dragon in July. She said jokingly that Monday would be a national holiday of mourning for her since the restaurant will be gone.

"I'm not going to be able to eat Chinese anywhere anymore," she said. "It won't be the same."

Huor wasn't looking forward to Monday either. …

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