Skip to main content
Publish date:

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.
Author:

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.

Follow Bring Me The News on Instagram

Screen Shot 2018-09-10 at 9.42.35 AM

Next Up

Target store

Target unveils deals for 2-day 'Cyber Monday' event

The promotion kicks off Sunday, November 28.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.59.30 AM

Edina police warn of recent burglary trend targeting garages and vehicles

The Edina Police Department is increasing patrols in affected neighborhoods in response to the trend.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.03.06 AM

Charges: Man shot Uber Eats driver making a delivery in Cottage Grove

Otis Donnell Shipp was charged with second-degree attempted murder after turning himself in on Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.36.14 AM

Waterfront hotel in Duluth sustains damage in kitchen fire

Authorities estimate the damage at around $75,000.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.15.18 AM

Large groups of thieves target 2 Twin Cities Best Buys on Black Friday

It bears similarities to the flash-mob style thefts seen recently in California.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

Related

Screen Shot 2019-11-25 at 11.45.36 AM

Acclaimed Mill District restaurant to close after 14-year run

Spoonriver was popular with patrons of the Guthrie Theater.

Screen Shot 2019-09-09 at 9.10.51 AM

Long-running Greek restaurant closes at Lyn-Lake corner

It's Greek to Me had its final day of service on Sunday.

Colossal Cafe to close in south Minneapolis

Its St. Paul locations will stay open, however.

Screen Shot 2020-01-02 at 2.56.32 PM

Sanctuary restaurant closes its doors after New Year's Eve service

It had been in business near the Guthrie Theater since 2007.

Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 2.02.14 PM

Taco Cat the latest Twin Cities restaurant to announce its closure

It was launched in 2014, and got a permanent home in Midtown Global Market in 2015.

Screen Shot 2019-04-01 at 11.58.00 AM

Minneapolis cafe owners say farewell to customers after 36 years

The couple have run Emily's F&M Family Restaurant since 1982.