This is a cross-post from the www.RichardHowe.com blog. Dick had posted on the Facebook page “You Know Your From Lowell If…” asking about favorite local or Lowell Chinese restaurants preferred for New Year’s Eve take-out. This great photo was sent in as a comment! Professor Shehong Chen served a few terms on the Lowell Historical Society’s Board of Directors.
Thanks to reader Maxine Farcus for forwarding this great 1949 holiday-time photo showing Lowell’s first and longtime favorite “downtown” Chinese restaurant Chin Lee’s. The sign is at Kearney Square marking an earlier location. By the time it closed it was located on Merrimack Street upstairs on the 2nd floor adjacent to the 5 and 10 – F.W. Woolworth’s. For more information on the Chinese in Lowell, please link through to the UML/Center for Lowell History and read UML Professor Shehong Chen’s 2003 work – Reconstructing the Chinese American Experience in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1870s – 1970s. Here: http://library.uml.edu/clh/Asian/Asian2.htm