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After 20 Years, Chinese Staple Red Orchids to Close in West Ashley

The last date for the beloved restaurant is Sunday, April 23

White plates full of Chinese dishes.
Plates from Red Orchids.
Red Orchids China Bistro
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Entrepreneurs Kelly and Tony Chu opened Red Orchids China Bistro (1401 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard) in 2002 in West Ashley, but they recently announced the restaurant’s closure later this month. They posted the following note on Instagram and Facebook:

Thank you Charleston for your support the past 20 years, keeping our doors open and making us feel loved. Unfortunately due to the construction plans of the shopping center, a shortage of staff and skyrocketing inflation, we are saddened to share the news that our last day of service will be April 23, 2023. The laughter and joy we’ve shared and the meaningful relationships we have built throughout two decades will be most treasured. It pulls on the heartstrings, but let’s celebrate the closure of this chapter together. Hope to see you soon

Since opening, Charleston locals have known Red Orchids as the go-to spot for family-style Chinese American cuisine. The menu is like a list of the greatest hits, from egg drop soup to moo goo gai pan to shrimp pancit.

After the closing on April 23, fans will still be able to get a taste of the restaurant through Kelly’s line of Cirsea ice creams, which started at Red Orchids, but are now sold all over the Lowcountry.