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Foong-Lin Restaurant Finds New Home

Bethesda Magazine's Table Talk blog reports owner Fu Cheung has purchased a new business.

The news that long-time Bethesda restaurant Foong Lin would close as a result of the Woodmont Triangle redevelopment broke hearts across the area, but there is hope.

Located at the corner of Fairmont and Norfolk Avenues, Foong Lin closed this summer ahead of the groundbreaking of a planned mixed-use development. The Chinese restaurant had served Bethesdans and Montgomery County foodies for 25 years, and the announcement came with cries of disappointment, even as owner Fu Cheung told locals he was in search of a new location.

According to Bethesda Magazine’s Table Talk blog, that location has been found:

“Cheung confirmed [Thursday] that he purchased the Moon Gate restaurant on 4613 Willow Lane in Bethesda, and that a new menu was already in place,” the blog reported.

According to Cheung, many of the menu’s dishes will be familiar to Foong Lin fans, but it will also include several new styles, including Szechuan and Hong Kong-style fare. Renovations, including new paint and lighting, to Moon Gate are in the works. An opening date has not been announced.

jag January 08, 2013 at 07:03 PM
"Renovations, including new paint and lightening, to Moon Gate are in the works." Man, I so wish that wasn't a typo. Lightening would be awesome.
Katie Griffith January 08, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Ha! Thanks for the catch, Jag. If only...
Gina January 09, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Had only one and last experience with Foong Lin. That was when we ordered roast duck, and server came out with roast chicken. When we complained, the server tried to convince us that the dish was duck not chicken. When he realized we old not be convinced, he said, "...want chicken instead? Same same." Never again.
JJ Tiki January 09, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Gina, restaurants, like people, make mistakes. Even my most favorite restaurants have made mistakes with my order like you describe above. While I respect your decision to not return based on your experience, it is sad that you choose to use a forum like this to be so harsh. Any restaurant that survives 25 years did so because they served the vast majority of their customers very well over the years.
Kurt Zimmermann January 09, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Gina - you have to give the servers a break. It's not easy to keep your head straight, what with all the lightning... ;-)

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