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Chiu Quon Bakery Expanding to McKinley Park

By Casey Cora | November 21, 2013 7:26am
 The decades-old bakery will soon open an Archer Avenue outlet.
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CHINATOWN — Chiu Quon Bakery and Restaurant, a popular lunchtime hangout, will soon expand to McKinley Park.

Situated in a strip mall in the 3300 block of Archer Avenue, the new location will serve some of the bakery’s classic pastries but will function more as a sit-down restaurant featuring an expanded menu of Chinese food.

“We think it will be a good fit for the area. There aren’t too many other options besides" fast food, said Joyce Chiu, daughter of bakery owner Pui Yip Chiu.

It’s expected to open sometime around the Jan. 31 Chinese New Year.

It will be Chiu Quon's third location.

Chiu first opened his bakery in Chinatown in the mid-1980s and later expanded to the North Side at 1127 W. Argyle St. in Uptown.

Prior to that, Chiu tried to open a small bakery on Cermak Road shortly after arriving in the United States from China.

When that location failed, he returned to Hong Kong to marry his wife, then brought her to America, moved to Bridgeport and gave the bakery business another go.

The rest is history.

Both locations are now famous for family friendly cafe vibes, dim sum service and baked goods, including sweet egg custard tarts and savory BBQ pork buns.

In addition to the bakeries, the Chiu family owns a jewelry business on Wentworth Avenue, plus the Archer Avenue strip mall where the third outpost will be located.

The restaurant will share space in the strip mall with a forthcoming nail salon and the newly opened C & C Meats, a wholesale retailer of goats and lamb.