Chong’s reopens after two pandemic years

The Chong's restaurant serves lunch after re-opening Monday morning. The long-time Newton Korean restaurant had been closed down since early in the pandemic.

By Adam Strunk

Chong’s fans rejoice!

The Korean restaurant located on Main Street at 1816 N. Main Street re-opened on Monday, Jan. 31.

The Chong’s Restaurant, which had been in operation since 1980, closed down at the start of the pandemic and remained closed for nearly two years, leaving a culinary hole in Newton’s restaurant landscape.

I always planned to reopen,” owner Jong Choe said. “It’s been too long.”

When doors opened Monday, fans happily filled its booths and tables to eat lunch.

“It’s great,” said Mike Hylton, who was in the restaurant around noon.

There’d been a worry with some that the longer the restaurant stayed closed the less likely it was to return. Those worries were assuaged on Monday.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch and 4:30-8 p.m. for dinner.

The restaurant also posted a menu and it looks like it has all of the long-time customer favorites on there.

Yes, that includes the Hot Stone Bi Bim Bop.

It will be ready,” Choe said with a laugh.

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