California’s Ding’s Garden expanded to Chinatown in June 2017, but five months later was forced out of business by a fire that sparked inside the wall shared with its neighbor, the Hong Kong Garden Seafood & BBQ Café.
Now, newly filed paperwork to repair the damage suggests the restaurant plans to make a return with its self-described “Shanghainese” menu.
Located at the Spring Mountain Center, close to FukuBurger and across Jones Boulevard from District One Kitchen & Bar, the fire permanently closed Hong Kong Garden and completely destroyed the 5 Star Furniture store on the corner.
Created in 1999 by Simon Yu and name inspiration, Florence Ding, the restaurant still operates three outposts in Irvine, Arcadia, and Rowland Heights, California. A timetable for its Las Vegas return has not been announced.
Before the closure, the large menu featured cold plate specials of bean curd, pig’s ear, and beef tripe, plus shredded seaweed, braised beef tendon, “Grandmother’s Drunken Fish,” a whole, salted, or Shanghai-style braised duck, and its well-known stinky tofu.