Little Shanghai closes after nearly forty years on South Broadway

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Lori Midson

Years ago, when the Rolling Stones were in town to play a Denver concert, they ate at Little Shanghai, a South Broadway stalwart serving authentic -- and Americanized -- Chinese food, and during the past 39 years, just about everyone else ate there, too, including us, always saving belly room for the city's best fortune cookies, their crunchy exteriors dipped in white chocolate.

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But in late September, the future of Little Shanghai folded when owners Ching and Kim Lei -- always welcoming and ready with a genuine smile -- shut the doors, leaving behind an empty space and years full of memories.

"Thanks for all your support over the years," says the restaurant's Facebook page, which is dotted with condolences from teary regulars.

No explanation was given for the closure, but wherever the owners are, we wish them good luck and good fortune.



Location Info

Little Shanghai - CLOSED

456 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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26 comments
WordsMatter
WordsMatter

The very best Chinese food in Denver. I'd been there just a few months ago and the place was bustling. For 34 years my husband and I ate there almost every week (with the exception of 10 years when we lived out of town). Little Shanghai was where I brought my 8 day old son. The food changed through the years, but to us it was always the best in Denver, 


To those who had less than nice things to say, have you no manners? If you do not have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. Considering Little Shanghai what was the point, euphemistically speaking, you needed a dead horse to kick?


I wish the owners well, and all that they wish themselves. I hope you will find someone who will love the art of Chinese cooking and share your recipes, and then once again, perhaps Denver will have a great Chinese restaurant.


Jen Ant
Jen Ant

Denver food scene has progressed. I mean would you eat what's in this picture?

ybarcewski
ybarcewski

I think it is telling that almost all the people commenting here have not been to the place in a long time.  I went not long ago and I am sorry to say that I did not like the food. Maybe it was what I got but there was also not one other person in there during what should have been a busy lunch hour. It is always sad though when a place your remember as good closes it doors for whatever reason. 

Stephanie Landin
Stephanie Landin

Oh wow...that's too bad. I feel bad I hadn't been there in a long time.

spmarx
spmarx

Loved them.  When my wife and I lived in Congress Park we could never remember the name but we knew it was something sort of typically kitschy - so we took to calling it "Golden China Wok Dragon House of Imperial Lotus".  (Somehow that became easier to remember than "Little Shanghai".)  Sad days.  We will miss it.

Kathleen Combs Leverett
Kathleen Combs Leverett

So long. Little Shanghai. I have one very special memory of one very special night that started with dinner at Little Shanghai. I've never told a soul. I never will. So long.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Sorry no loss at all IMO - always found the food to be bland/Americanized "Chinese".  Imperial across the street has always been far superior for Americanized Chinese - prettier place, flawless service, and better food.

Katy Steck-Sielsky
Katy Steck-Sielsky

I had lunch with my bridesmaids there on my wedding day in 1991 and received a surprise visit from an old friend I hadn't seen in years! It's a great memory that I'll always have with Amy Steck-Williams and Kristi Murray. So sad to hear it's closing. :(

Val Unlisted
Val Unlisted

When the hot and sour still had huge shrimp and tons of veggies it was amazing. Their food changed a lot the last few years.

Chad Hoagland
Chad Hoagland

It's been years since I've been there but the times I ate there the food was great

Lindsey Runyan
Lindsey Runyan

The very first restaurant my parents took me to as a newborn. My mother started going there when she was in college and it was only take out then. Sad to hear this news. Many fond memories and I will miss their steamed dumplings & Kung Pao Chicken! ;(

Carol Rushton
Carol Rushton

I don't mean to "like" this fact because they had some great chow, especially the hot 'n sour soup.

Mike McClanahan
Mike McClanahan

My favorite Chinese restaurant. Sad to see them go. Guess they just weren't trendy enough.

Gmeery
Gmeery

@Denver Dave No one will miss you too when you're gone. What a self-serving, self-entitled, heartless ass you are.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Denver Dave Well you definitely get the award for most joyless answer. Despite your opinion, the closing of this restaurant is in fact a loss - to those patrons who enjoyed the place and to the owners and employees, many of whom are actually Chinese - without the snarky quotation marks.

TheJeff
TheJeff

@Vaios Papastergiou That's a pretty absurd conclusion to jump to -- especially since the implementation requirement for small businesses (50 or more employees which I can't imagine Little Shanghai ever had) has been delayed for another year.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@Gmeery @Denver Dave Last I checked we were all entitled to our opinion and I simply stated mine.  I would offer that calling names doesn't add anything to the conversation and makes you look like the ass -- take a look in the mirror.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@Mantonat @Denver Dave Oh, and just curious, how many times have you eaten there this year?  The place was a ghost town for a reason.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@Mantonat @Denver Dave Last I checked we were all entitled to our opinions, joyless or not, without having to be called out by others.  Little Shanghai had a longer run than most restaurants but times and tastes change.  I'm  not sure what "joy"  or the lack thereof has to do with the issue.

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