After a fire shut down popular restaurant China Garden in May 2019, co-owner Allen Chiang and his family have been looking forward to reopening.

But the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in their plans to reopen quickly, Chiang said this week.

The owners now expect the restaurant on U.S. 40 in Frederick to reopen sometime this fall.

Trying to forecast what business will be like upon reopening during a pandemic was tricky, as was making construction plans over virtual meetings.

“We had to talk to other business owners and hear their perspective and lessons they have learned throughout this pandemic,” Kevin Wu, Chiang’s nephew, wrote in an email on behalf of the restaurant’s owners.

Demolition has begun, with the restaurant completely empty. Wu wrote that the building plans are about 95 percent finalized, and the team is currently submitting details for approval.

The new building will not have two stories as the old one did, but the owners said it could happen in the future.

“Please continue to support your local restaurants,” they wrote. “It’s a great time to try out many different types of foods. And if possible, order directly through the restaurant instead of a third party delivery business, this will help them in the long term.”

Wu wrote that the owners are looking forward to seeing the Frederick community in their restaurant soon.

“We want to thank you to those who have supported us for their financial donations and for those who check in on us since the fire,” the email said. “We also would like to thank the Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF) for helping us through the earlier months after the fire.”

Follow Erika Riley on Twitter: @ej_riley.

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Excellent news! We always enjoyed the food at China Garden and are looking forward to its reopening!


Fantastic... love China Garden and the folks that work there.


Glad to hear they are returning but the reporter referenced they will be on US40 which starts west of US15. Their previous location was on West Patrick Street which is MD144. Kudos to the reporter for sharing that information.


Right opposite Frederick High.


Awesome news!! I can't wait!


"The new building will not have two stories as the old one did, but the owners said it could happen in the future"........I never could find the stairs to the second story. [crying]


They were right around the corner from the elevators.


As someone that lives around the corner from China Garden I am anxiously looking forward to their reopening!


Now this is some very good news!


When this restaurant reopens, please go there. I hope the plans include some outdoor dining. The owners, daily, give a bowl of rice to WFMS or FHS students who may need to eat. The students just drop in and the owners oblige.


So glad to hear! They have been missed.

Treva B

I'm so excited to hear of China Garden's plan to re-open this fall. As a life long customer, I look forward to being able to enjoy my favorite dish that I order only there, sweet and sour chicken. The Chang's have been family friends and business supporters up until my parent's retirement. I wish them greater success in the coming years than ever before. 💞

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