Thursday, December 18, 2014

Golden gates close but open nearby

By Graham Kates
Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
Golden Gate, a restaurant at 3550 Johnson Ave., has been serving the Riverdale community since 1958. After 54 years, it closed its doors at this location and re-opened a smaller establishment at 300 West 231st St.

After more than half a century, Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant has moved off Johnson Avenue.

It’s smaller and now located in Kingsbridge, but the it’s still taking orders.

The former Johnson Avenue  mainstay specializing in Cantonese cuisine has been in Riverdale since 1958 and moved to 300 W. 231st St. last month. Management did not comment when asked about the reason for the move, but the new, smaller location still sends out deliveries throughout Riverdale, but only has a few seats.

Those who know the restaurant — now called Golden Gate Express — through its deliveries, might not notice any change. The restaurant even kept its old phone number.

Jeremy Levine, who lives near the old Golden Gate location, said he was concerned when he heard the Johnson Avenue location was closed and relieved to find out he could still order his favorite Chinese food in the area.

“I really like that you get either a free soda or free mini egg rolls. The fried rice is really good, as are the boneless spare ribs,” Mr. Levine said.

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