Tina Tang, whose husband, Lei, owns the Cheng-Du restaurant, said she’s not sure if the family will be able to rebuild their Stoughton business, which was gutted Thursday after a kitchen fire quickly raged out of control.
Tina Tang, whose husband, Lei, owns the Cheng-Du restaurant, said she’s not sure if the family will be able to rebuild their Washington Street business, which was gutted Thursday after a kitchen fire quickly raged out of control.
Tang said the four-alarm fire started shortly after 3 p.m. while she and staff members were eating lunch outside the kitchen. She said one waitress went into the kitchen to microwave some food and was shocked by the fire, which had taken over the whole center section of the kitchen.
“It was too late to do anything,” Tang said.
The fire spread through the entire restaurant before firefighters could contain it. It also gutted an adjoining vacant unit, once occupied by Flair Carpet. The two units, owned by Dave Parsons, suffered about $500,000 worth of damage, according to insurance adjusters working on the scene Friday morning.
Tang said she thinks they may have limited insurance, so she’s not sure if they’ll be able to replace the business. But if they have enough coverage, they want to rebuild the business and reopen it either at the Washington Street building or in another part of town.
“We live in Stoughton, so we’d like to stay here,” she said.
Lei Tang is the fifth of six siblings who run four restaurants, according to his brother Sonny Tang, who owns the Cheng-Du Restaurant in Mansfield. The Tang family also owns a Cheng-Du in Westborough and Eo Noodels in Framingham.
Tina Tang said the family just renovated the Stoughton restaurant, putting in a new computer system, and redecorated the dining area by adding new paintings and wallpaper. They opened up about 13 years ago, and were working on a special promotion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mansfield restaurant.
Stoughton residents and area business people said that they love the restaurant, and enjoyed the friendly service. Elizabeth Fontes, of Bridgewater, worked in the adjoining building, and said she loved going there.
“The food was amazing, and everyone was so nice,” she said. “I really hope they’re able to reopen.”