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Ginger & Garlic to change hands in Hamburg

Ginger & Garlic, a small Chinese restaurant in Hamburg, is changing hands as its original owners retire.

The restaurant, 5685 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, has been sold to new owners who plan to keep it a Chinese restaurant, and keep the name, said Carl Lam, son of the original owners, Kenny and May Lam.

The Lams are from Hong Kong originally, and Kenny Lam journeyed to the United States in 1969. He’s been working in Chinese restaurants since then, with a few breaks, Carl Lam said.

In 1980, Kenny Lam opened his first restaurant, Manchurian House in Hamburg. Subsequent restaurants in Woodlawn and Cheektowaga were shortlived. In 2008, Kenny Lam opened Ginger & Garlic. The small building had previously been Mike’s Subs and Elizabeth’s Tea Shoppe.

His parents are retiring, Carl Lam said. “They have no future restaurant in the cards.” Lam wrote a heartfelt message to customers and friends about the closure here.

It says, in part:

Walking away from this restaurant means no more mopping responsibilities, settling the credit cards statements, or totaling up the day’s sales. It sounds like it’s easy to walk away from but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. This has been such a big and crucial part of my life that I don’t ever think I’ll be ready to let go of what this restaurant means to me and my family.

Lam said it was his understanding the new owners should reopen soon, after the usual licensure steps.

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