Pearl of the Orient

Pearl of the Orient, a Chinese restaurant that has been a staple of Rocky River’s restaurant scene for 35 years, announced its plan to close at the end of August.

According to a news release posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Pearl of the Orient opened May 22, 1984, under the guidance of George Hwang, who was born in Hong Kong, also known as the “Pearl of the Orient.” He grew up surrounded by the flavors of the region and wanted to share his passion with the Cleveland market.

“Many friendships have been forged with our dear patrons, staff and community organizations,” the release said. “It has been our honor to host many birthday and holiday celebrations, wedding anniversaries or even rehearsal dinners. ... For all who have allowed the Pearl to be a part of those milestones, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you.”

The release also recalled the community events the restaurant took part in during its 35 years, which included the Taste of the Browns, Market at the Food Bank and BAYarts Moondance.

Pearl of the Orient also thanked its staff, patrons and the community, and welcomed all to come back and enjoy one least “Pearlfect” meal.

Pearl of the Orient is not related to Pearl Asian Kitchen in Shaker Heights.

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