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Lucky Cheng's Drag Club Closes After 21 Years

By Mathew Katz | July 2, 2014 2:44pm | Updated on July 4, 2014 7:21pm
 Drag queen Delilah Brooks performs at Lucky Cheng's.
Drag queen Delilah Brooks performs at Lucky Cheng's.
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MIDTOWN — The drag show won't go on. 

Longtime drag restaurant Lucky Cheng's closed this week, after owner Hayne Suthon died of breast cancer last month, the club posted on its website

"We thank you for celebrating your birthdays, bachelorette parties, Girls Night Out, reunions, and gatherings. Many of you would celebrate your Sweet Sixteen with us and return years later to celebrate your Bachelorette Party," the restaurant wrote. "Again, thank you for letting us be a part of your life." 

Staff at the cabaret did not respond to requests for further comment.

The spot closed with a rollicking final Pride party on Saturday, its Facebook page said.

Lucky Cheng's, known for its cross-dressing waitstaff, opened in the East Village in 1993 and moved to its final home at 240 W. 52nd St. in 2012.

The spot offered a selection of Asian-inspired cuisine and a live drag show every night.

Longtime fans mourned the loss of the institution and shared memories on the restaurant's Facebook page.

"I am so sad to see you go," wrote Rachel Pheasant. "We took my grandma here for her 80th birthday. My photo of her with one of your performers is one of my favorites of all time, and treasured as she unexpectedly passed away shortly thereafter."