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What happened to TK Noodle, or New TK Noodle?

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Mul Dec 30, 2006 05:52 AM

I notice more and more places that's used to be TK Noodle or New TK Noodle are now gone.

In Milpitas Square, TK Noodle is now eNoodle.
In Fremont Hub, New TK Noodle is now King Noodle.
In Newark near Ranch 99, it's used to be New TK Noodle then King Noodle and now another noodle restaurant.

Those are the places that I know of... Just wondering what happened to TK or New TK Noodle.

  1. Melanie Wong Dec 30, 2006 07:24 AM

    Here's the website with locations -

    http://www.tknoodle.com/share/cgi-bin...

    The Newark branch moved to larger quarters a while ago over by Lion.

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      Judith Dec 30, 2006 02:36 PM

      Both TK and New TK are alive and well in downtown SJ, and the original owners and staff are still around in both places. When the one in Mountain View closed, the property was sold for development. My best guess is that the owners manage some of their locations as investments, building them up and selling the off.

      1. Chandavkl Dec 30, 2006 03:47 PM

        I'm not sure exactly what's going on, as some of the other locations changed their name to New Tung Kee, then Luu Noodle/New Tung Kee, but are clearly the same operation as far as the menu and format go. Then there's the Dallas branch called Chau Kee. I know that the Dallas branch has a different name because it's run by a different family member. So to the extent that the name changes but the restaurant itself doesn't change I'd guess it only represents some kind of internal family structuring. I would also comment that it is not unusual for Chinese restaurants to reincorporate under a different name for reasons that are sometimes innocent, sometimes not so innocent.

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          Judith Dec 31, 2006 12:37 AM

          I can't remember why I have this impression, but it seems to me there was some kind of family disagreement some years ago that resulted in the two different names. Maybe it was something I saw in the newspaper. Tung Kee became TK Noodle, and the other group became Luu Noodle/New Tung Kee. In San Jose, TK and New Tung Kee have slightly different menus. The latter has tofu, pad thai, and recently added egg rolls.

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            Mul Dec 31, 2006 08:01 AM

            If I remember correctly, it seems the locations I mentioned above were New Tung Kee Noodle restaurants, not the original TK Noodle.
            About a week ago, we were going to Kings Noodle in Newark; however we didn't know that they have changed hands, and the menus are completely different. When it was Kings Noodle, the menu were pretty much similar to New Tung Kee, with additions of some rice plate. Not anymore...

            1. re: Judith
              Chandavkl Dec 31, 2006 03:57 PM

              Yes, I had the same vague recollection of a newspaper article somewhere, but I didn't remember enough details to include it above.

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            theSauce Dec 30, 2006 04:22 PM

            There is a branch in Hayward inside Soutland mall.

            1. Gary Soup Dec 31, 2006 04:32 PM

              The Tung Kee(TK)/New Tung Kee dichotomy appears to be a long-standing one, according to this 1996 article in Metro Active:

              http://www.metroactive.com/papers/met...

              Perhaps the TK noodle owners are just beginning to cash out and selling off branches one by one. Maybe New Tung Kee has eaten their lunch.

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                Judith Dec 31, 2006 05:39 PM

                That was the newspaper article I remember.

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