Longtime Memphis cafe reopens after hearth

2020 was a tough 12 months for longtime Memphis restaurant Nam King. 1st the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Then the restaurant endured a devastating fireplace.

But things are seeking up for the Chinese cafe in Raleigh.

Nam King reopened Aug. 26 in a new place at 3624 Austin Peay Highway in Raleigh Oaks Plaza.

In November, a circuit breaker shorted right away and prompted a kitchen hearth that burned down Nam King’s complete building at 4594 Yale Road, putting the cafe out of business enterprise for 9 months. 

The pandemic already experienced forced Nam King to change from a buffet-fashion restaurant to an order-by-menu / takeout eatery. The new site fits the new structure of the restaurant.

When Adam Zhao to start with opened Nam King 30 many years ago, he needed to share Chinese delicacies and tradition with the citizens of the Raleigh area. Right now, the restaurant continues to be in the relatives, owned and operated by his niece-in-law, Bonnie Zhao.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 - Bonnie Zhao stands inside Nam King, a Chinese restaurant. The restaurant reopened Aug. 26 after a fire caused it to close in November 2020.

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Mark Kelly, a longtime recurrent buyer, has visited Nam King twice because it reopened. He explained he skipped Nam King’s wonton soup the most.

“I am so content to have them back again. They’re like family,” Kelly reported about the Zhaos.

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