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Location DB > United States > Massachusetts > Saugus > Weylu's
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created by serendipitee on 9/19/2017 6:52 AM
last modified by serendipitee on 9/19/2017 9:12 AM
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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Recommendation: forget it
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Route 1
Saugus, Massachusetts
United States
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    It was grand but it's gone.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1989
    Closed: 2008
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    The super-sized restaurant complex was the idea of Rick and Wilma Chang, successful restaurateurs who immigrated to the United States from Brazil after fleeing Communist China. Construction began on Weylu’s in 1986. Three years and $13 million ($25 million in 2015 dollars) later, the lavish restaurant filled with marble and silk finally opened to much acclaim, but it did not last forever. The 1,500 seats in the restaurant were not filled every night in the late 1990s and eventually the Bank of China took the restaurant from Chang in foreclosure.

    The Bank of China-owned property was sold in 2002 for $4.2 million to Tim Cheng of Golden Mountain who later reopened it in 2004 as East Manor and then again as New East Manor, both ventures failed. According to reports, Cheng invested $5 million in sprucing up the property before giving up.

    In 2006, the property was leased to Ming Lam family who opened another Chinese restaurant named Jin. The grand opening was a spectacle that featured performances by Dionne Warwick and local high school bands. Like its predecessors, Jin did not last very long. The property tried to echo Weylu’s lavishness with diverse Asian offerings across its three floors while offering modest nightlife entertainment. Then they opened Orchid nightclub, a facility in the same vein as the Palace, another Route 1 landmark that met the wrecking ball.

    Boston Business Journal reported the property was sold for $4.25 million in September 2013 — less than half its asking price — to Republic Properties, a development company.

    "We don’t know what the final mix will be. But we envision a mixed-use development that would include a hotel, retail, perhaps some office, multifamily and entertainment," said the company's co-owner.

    The building was demolished in mid September of 2015. An August 2017 visit to the property showed no mixed use development, the only business on the site is a small garden center.

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    Weylu's August 2015
    Tue, Sep 19th, 2017
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    Wed, Sep 20th, 2017
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 9/20/2017 12:17 PM.

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  • on Sep 20 17 at 12:17, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Sep 20 17 at 5:12, serendipitee added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 20 17 at 5:09, serendipitee created a new gallery
  • on Sep 19 17 at 15:52, Explorer Zero validated this location
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  • on Sep 19 17 at 9:12, serendipitee changed the following: History
  • on Sep 19 17 at 9:03, serendipitee changed the following: History, Year Closed
  • on Sep 19 17 at 8:44, serendipitee made this location available
  • on Sep 19 17 at 8:44, serendipitee added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 19 17 at 8:43, serendipitee added some pictures to a gallery
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