A long running Brechin takeaway is set to close its doors for the final time in May, after 35 years of business in the town.
The Happy Dragon, at 86 Montrose Street, is Brechin’s longest running Chinese takeaway, but that’s all set to end as Kwok Hung Chan, or Andy as he is known to his many customers, shuts up shop for good.
After 35 years serving the town, following the launch of his business in 1980, he has decided to step down and retire.
He is planning to close the doors for the final time in mid-May, but wanted to thank his customers.
He said: “I want to thank all of my customers for all the support they have given me over the years.”
It was also his customers that he said he would miss most once he retired. He explained: “I always enjoying seeing and talking to my customers. I will miss them, but I will still be staying above the shop so I will still them around the town.”
His son, Raymond, added that the longevity of the shop, has meant that the Happy Dragon’s customer base has welcomed the next generation.
He explained: “We’ve had generations of the same families coming in, where the parents will bring in their children, and then eventually they come in with theirs.”
‘‘It’s not just familiar faces from the town who use the takeaway, but those from further afield too.
“Former customers who have moved away always make a point of coming back in when they are here visiting.”
With retirement looming, Andy is looking for forward to a well deserved rest.
He said: “I will have to find a new hobby. But I will have more time to chat to people.”
Raymond added: “Usually, he bumps into people when he’s popping out to the butchers or out to get supplies, but he never really has time to stop and chat to them because he was always in a rush to get back to the kitchen. At least now, he will be able to stop and have a proper conversation with them, and get to explore the town a bit more.”