I was driving along Belleville‘s Front Street the other day – Front Street being a major commercial artery that connects downtown with Highway 62 heading up to Queensborough and other points north – when I spotted a faded blast from my past. It was the unusual-looking building that you see atop this post, and I just had to pull over and take a picture, because I recognized it instantly.
Well, sort of.
What I remembered what that this building was once home to a high-end (by Belleville standards) Chinese restaurant back long ago when I was a kid growing up in Queensborough. It was fancy (and expensive) enough that my family never went there (at least not with me along), but its singular architectural style made it stand out, and I always looked for it when we would drive in to Belleville. And I would imagine how much fun it would be to actually dine there – why, they probably had umbrellas in the drinks they served!
So it was interesting to come across it again all these years later, albeit looking faded and run-down and with a big “For Lease” sign on it.
But what I absolutely could not remember was what that long-ago beacon of exoticness was called. And I was all set to ask you, my readers – because I knew that at least some of you would know. But then the interesting Facebook page Vintage Belleville, Trenton & and Quinte Region saved the day (as it has in the past, providing me with some great photos for my posts on Queensborough’s one and only rock festival, the 1971 Rock Acres Peace Festival, here and here.)
Thanks to VBT&QR’s photo of a matchbook from the place in its heyday (the actual post is here), it all came back. Sun Luck Gardens!
All I have to say is this: someone should lease that sucker and bring it all back. “The finest in Chinese and Canadians foods,” of course. And also: the drinks with the umbrellas.