Kao Chi Shanghai cuisine restaurant to close after 7 decades

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TAIPEI (CNA) — The flag-ship store of Kao Chi (高記) restaurant known for serving Shanghai delicacies in Yongkang commercial circle, a tourist attraction in Taipei, will close its doors for good before the end of the month, the business announced Wednesday.

Kao Chi, best known for serving pan fried buns and other Shanghai snacks, made the announcement after Taipei City government found the three-story building that houses Kao Chi’s Yongkang restaurant has been used in violation of building regulations.

The city’s Building Administration Office recently discovered after a public safety check that the second and third floors of the restaurant were categorized as “collective resident units” but used as dining spaces without approval.

The office, as a result, ordered Kao Chi to change the building’s usage license to that for a restaurant business before the end of the month, or face a fine of up to NT$300,000 (US$10,212) for violating the Building Act.

Instead of responding to the order, Kao Chi decided to shut the Yongkang store, after closing its three other branch restaurants in Taipei this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country.

However, the business said it does not rule out the possibility of reopening at a location close to Yongkang commercial circle.

Kao Chi started selling Shanghai delicacies from a mobile street stand in 1949. It opened an outlet on Yongkang Street in 1969 and went on to develop three further restaurants in Taipei.