After 40 years on Lake Street, Dragon City Cafe will close

You've only got a few days left to visit the Dragon City Cafe.
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The Dragon City Cafe has been a fixture of the Cooper neighborhood in Minneapolis for 40 years, but that comes to an end this week.

A sign posted at the counter of the cafe 4301 East Lake Street says that it will close down for good this coming Friday.

"For 40 years Donna Fong has been very happy & grateful to take care of her customers," the sign reads. "She has decided it is time to retire and close Dragon City.

"Friday, September 14th will be our last day of business. Thank you."

The cafe is notable for its distinctive building, a narrow standalone property on the corner of Lake and 43rd Avenue South.

According to photographer and blogger Steve Date, Fong moved to the U.S. from Hong Kong with her husband, and they initially worked at the Nankin Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis.

They then decided to open their own place, what became Dragon City, around 1977, carving out a successful business while raising their family in the apartment upstairs.

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