There will be a lion dancing in front of the Hong Kong Chinese restaurant on South Main Street Sunday evening. Since the performance will be in the parking lot, the public is welcome to enjoy the show which will run for about half an hour starting at 6:30 p.m.
The lion dancing will be “like the one that they have to celebrate the Chinese New Year,” explained Elaine Chen who owns the restaurant with husband Bob.
The lion dancers will be performers from Stockton, she said.
The performance is not something that Hong Kong restaurant will be doing regularly from now on, Elaine Chen explained. This special entertainment is part of the reception being given to the Chens’ nephew, Jeffrey, who came to America from China late last year. The nephew now works as a pharmacy technician at Kaiser in Livermore, the same company where the Chens’ daughter, Cindy, has been working as a pharmacist for the last 15 years.
Elaine Chen said the restaurant will close at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday for the private party that will take place inside the restaurant after the lion dancing performance. The restaurant’s regular business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Hong Kong restaurant is located just across the street from the Low’s commercial center on the corner of South Main and Alameda Street.
The Chens are longtime residents of Manteca. Their children all attended area schools The family has owned operated Hong Kong restaurant for about two decades, with the children working in various capacities whenever they were out of school. Bob Chen is the restaurant’s main cook, with Elaine taking on the duties of restaurant manager.