Iconic Minnesota restaurant closed this week after 40 years

Kristen Walters

A historic Minnesota restaurant that has been a staple of the community for decades closed its doors for the last time this week.

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Iconic Minnesota eatery, Canton Restaurant, closed this week after 40 years. The Burnsville restaurant has been a local favorite for decades, serving delicious traditional Chinese food and memories for generations of customers.

The closure news has devastated the community that has loved and patronized the restaurant for many years.

Arthur Wong, the owner, started working at the restaurant as a summer job. Eventually, he took over operations at the restaurant, which his family-owned, to keep the family tradition alive.

In recent years, several factors have converged to make the restaurant industry increasingly challenging. These include the rise of food delivery apps, the increasing cost of ingredients, and the consolidation of the marketplace into a handful of prominent players.

As a result, many small and independently-owned restaurants have struggled to stay afloat.

Wong did not provide a specific reason for the closure, except that he and his father, who is now in his nineties, are ready to leave long work hours behind and enjoy retirement.

While Canton Restaurant may be gone, its legacy will live on in the hearts of all lucky enough to enjoy its food over the years. The community hopes that someone will step in and buy the restaurant so it can continue to be a beloved part of the town.

Until then, Canton Restaurant will be missed by all who had the pleasure of dining there.

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