Seeking any info on old Chinese restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn
Hello, all! I'm wondering if anyone out there is old enough to remember a large Chinese restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn, probably from the 1930's to the 50's (and possibly earning a respectable portion of their income as a nightclub which may or may not have unofficially sponsored some gaming activity of marginal legality). The owner's name was commonly known as Tom Canton (possibly changed at Ellis Island?); I suppose his southern Chinese ancestry is a given. He figures in some family anecdotes an a photo or two, but I haven't got the name or the exact location of his restaurant, other than that it was in the area of the Fulton Mall in downtown Brooklyn, not far from places like Junior's and Gage and Tollner's...
Is this ringing a bell with any older readers?
When we were children this was a major outing for our family. At Christmas time my parents would take us shopping downtown and then we would go to the Chinese place that was upstairs. I don't know the name of it I was very young but I will ask on one of the old timer downtown Brooklyn groups I belong to.
I asked my grandmother who spent a lot of time in Downtown Brooklyn when she was growing up. She confirms that it was "Fulton Royal." She remembers that it was popular for bridal showers. If it helps, she says that when the restaurant closed it became a women's clothing store and furrier called Russek's.
Okay, before you start thinking that I'm that old or that my memory is that good, let me just mention my copy of "When Brooklyn Was the World: 1920-1957" by Elliot Willensky. On page 194 is a picture of the bar/restaurant called the "New Fulton Royal Chinese American Cocktail Lounge" at 429 Flatbush Ave (& Fulton St). That's my guess at what you're looking for.