Many restaurants around greater Phoenix see a downturn in visitors during the summer months. From snowbirds not yet arriving for the fall and winter months to patrons not coming out due to the extreme heat, summer can prove challenging for a number of restaurant owners throughout the Valley. And now, this summer has claimed another restaurant, although this time the restaurant is one that has called metro Phoenix home for over a decade.
China Magic Noodle House opened in Chandler over 12 years ago, and now it is no more. The restaurant didn’t make a big announcement. It has very little Web presence, as it lacks a website, it doesn’t have a Twitter or Instagram page, and its Facebook page hasn’t been updated in nearly two years. However, guests that attempt to order online through one of the many food ordering platforms or who visit the physical store will find the restaurant permanently closed. The restaurant did not indicate why it suddenly shut down, nor did management reply to inquiries.
China Magic Noodle House prized itself by offering guests freshly produced food. In fact, the restaurant had a wide open window where patrons could watch food prep take place, including the production of fresh, in-house noodles.
For fans of Chinese as well as other Asian food, they will still be able to find ingredients for food prep back home, thanks to the continued success of the Lee Lee International Supermarket, which is located within the same shopping corridor. The supermarket offers everything from food prep utensils not easily found inside other grocery stores, as well as produce, canned goods, frozen foods, and a large selection of beers and alcohols not found in traditional grocery stores.
The restaurant specialized in a number of hand-pulled noodles. Guests could request five various noodle styles, all of which the kitchen staff would prepare on the spot. These include narrow flat, thick, regular, wide flat, and shaved noodles. The noodles could then be used in one of the many menu items, such as the Braised Noodle with Sesame Paste, Noodles with Spicy Sauce, Seafood Noodles with Creamy Sauce, and Lamb with Soup Noodles.
There is no word yet as to what will happen to the space. Whatever moves in, guests can only hope the next restaurant will maintain the large kitchen window and allow patrons to continue watching food prep as it takes place at the back of the kitchen.