After 34 years in business, first in Seattle and then on the Eastside, Perry Ko’s South China Restaurant is closing its doors on Thursday, Nov. 6.
“What started as one man’s dream of a gathering place for friends over a good meal has grown to be a favorite community spot for many generations of Greater Seattle friends and families,” owners Sid and Dan Ko said in a farewell letter.
The restaurant, known for garlic chicken wings and stiff drinks, was a Beacon Hill landmark for decades. Original owner Perry Ko brought his sons into the business early on, and they took it over after his death in 1984. It was a haven of community where regulars “practically have assigned seats,” a Times reporter once wrote, with a lounge that was “a multiethnic martini of mechanics, landscapers, accountants and Supreme Court judges.”
Light rail construction forced the owners into a Bellevue move in 2004.