CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Wednesday's auction at the now-closed Hu Ke Lau restaurant in Chicopee was as much about purchasing memories as it was about looking for bargains.
Dozens bid on everything from chairs to kitchen items at the iconic Chinese-Polynesian eatery which closed its doors on April 6.
Peggy Knightly recalls the first time she went to the Hu Ke Lau as a child. "The very first time I ever ate at a restaurant was at my friend Cindy Parente's birthday party," she recalled, "and it was held here at the Hu Ke Lau."
When the restaurant closed, Hu Ke Lau owner Andy Yee said that the Memorial Drive building was aging and is too large.
Members of the Yee family expect to announce plans in a matter of months for a scaled-down version of the Hu Ke Lau at its Memorial Drive site.
A sign hanging out in front of the restaurant tells diners that the closing is not a goodbye, but simply "Aloha: Until we meet again."
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