Cambridge's Mary Chung Closes After 40 Years, Fans Lined Up Down The Street

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Cambridge residents lined up down the block for one last chance to taste their favorite dish at Mary Chung on Saturday.

Mary Chung announced the Chinese food restaurant was closing for good on the last day of 2022 after being a staple for the Cambridge community for the past 40 years.

People started lining up down the street at 9:30 A.M. before the restaurant opened.

One man told WBZ's Suzanne Sausville the restaurant closing was the end of an era. Matt Nelson started coming to Mary Chung in 1982 when he was just two years old.

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"Suan la chow show is a dumpling in a vinegar sauce almost like a soup broth and their dun dun noodles are peanut-based," Nelson said. "Also the sauce is great over the fried bean curd."

The restaurant has been popular with MIT students for years, as the university is a few minutes down the road from Cambridge's Central Square. Rich from Arlington said when he attended MIT he used to go with his friends that were dedicated fans of the local spot.

"I know MIT alumnus of my era who flew in from San Francisco to get their last [meal]... honest to god," Rich said.

The restaurant will be missed by the community and college students looking for an authentic meal.

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