Maple Palace restaurant back in Sidney after seven years away

For Tony Yu and Kimberly He, opening a restaurant in Sidney was something of a homecoming.

Maple Palace owners Kimberly He and Tony Yu have rebuilt their family’s business. The original Maple Palace was a mainstay in Sidney between 1993 and 2007.

For Tony Yu and Kimberly He, opening a restaurant in Sidney was something of a homecoming.

The pair are the owners of the Maple Palace restaurant, which recently opened at the west end of Beacon Avenue in the former home of the Catalina Grill.

Residents of Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula might be familiar with the Maple Palace — Yu’s parents opened the original restaurant in 1993 on Fifth Street in downtown Sidney, where Monk Office is located today.

“It was a very popular restaurant,” Yu recalled. “The entire building was built by my family and the interior was full of maple furnishings. It was a very special place.”

In 2007, he continued, his parents decided to retire. The restaurant closed and the furnishings were spread to the wind. Now that the restaurant has made a comeback, Yu said he’s searching high and low for some of the original interior decorations, chairs and tables.

Yu said he moved to China to work for a few years after the family business closed. When he and his wife Kimberly returned, he found that many people asked him if the restaurant was coming back as well.

“People just seemed to miss it so much,” he said. “So, we decided to do something special and provide a high-end Chinese restaurant.”

They have redecorated the space, with He painting various scenes from some of China’s most popular tourist attractions. When you walk in, the Great Wall looms large, with depictions of the scenery and culture of China.

He’s background as an artist is also evident on the exterior of the building.

“We want people to have the feeling that they are walking into China. These murals, they are some of our favourites too.”

Maple Palace has been open for only two weeks as they put the finshing touches on the restaurant. An offical grand opening event is in the works.

Yu said they hope to offer customers a glimpse of China in the décor and the food.

“People will be interested in seeing Maple Palace coming back,” he said.

“That’s what I’ve been hearing every day.”

Just Posted

False missile alert for Central Saanich councillor

While on vacation in Hawaii, Central Saanich Councillor Alicia Holman was awoken… Continue reading

Central Saanich police chase down speeding biker

A motorcyclist from the Lower Mainland was caught on the Tsawout reserve… Continue reading

Victoria airport nearing billion-dollar mark in economic impact

Airport has nearly doubled its passengers and its impact on the economy since 2005

More buoys allowed for Brentwood Bay

Proposed number rises from 40 to 60

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

Winter storm coming to B.C. this weekend

The bets are on as to how much snow the province will actually get in the coming days

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

Dale Culver, a 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

B.C. coast loggers celebrate history, hope for improvement

Truck Loggers Association awaits B.C. NDP government’s new direction

Most Read