Golden China, one of Stephenville’s most popular restaurants, is now closing its doors permanently.
Located on The Bosque River Center next to the movie theater, Golden China was a favorite for many, with eggs rolls and honey chicken being two of the most popular items on the menu.
The Chinese restaurant has been a staple in Stephenville for generations since first opening its doors in 1984.
For over 13 years, Golden China has been awarded Best Chinese Restaurant in the E-T's Best of Erath awards gala.
The restaurant’s owners took to Facebook Tuesday morning to announce their decision to close.
“It’s definitely not the way we imagined the final days would turn out. And it is a little sad how quiet and empty the rest of the Bosque River Center is as well. It really does show that we are but one world. But you always do your best to play the cards you’re dealt and we’ve decided it’s a sign to go ahead and fully retire/move on to the next chapter of our lives,” the post reads.
Since the announcement Tuesday morning, Golden China has now received over 650 comments on its post with many customers thanking the owner, Chien “James” Kao, for his service to the community and many commenting about how sad they are to see their favorite Chinese restaurant close after serving Stephenville for more than 30 years.
“A little piece of my life is gone. You’ll be missed is a huge understatement,” said Ryan Lystad.
“James, thank you so much for your many years of dedication to your community! I’ve been eating here my entire life and this breaks my heart. You go above and beyond your expectations as a restaurant owner and create bonds and friendships with your customers which is so special. You are truly loved and will be missed. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories! I hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement!” said Kayliana Love Castillo.
“Oh no! I will miss you all so much. I have so many wonderful memories of Golden China. But I wish you all the best in your new life adventures! Many blessings to you and thank you for the spot you filled in our little town. Nobody did it better,” said Joyce LaMont.
Golden China ended their Facebook post with thanking their customers and staff for “years of support and wonderful memories.”
"We will miss chatting with you all, the events we participated in, the recognition you’ve given us on behalf of a community. Thanks to our staff for giving our customers a wonderful experience, the pranks you played, the friendships you’ve forged, the children you’ve helped grow.
“Do stay safe out there and don’t be afraid to give us a shout if you stumble across us. We give you our biggest blessings for the year,” the post reads.