Sydney residents share their stories about the yum cha icon Marigold
Marigold, the beloved yum cha institution in Sydney’s Chinatown, is closing its kitchen for the last time today.
While many restaurants have been able to survive the pandemic by changing the way they work, such as by focusing on takeaway and delivery services, Marigold has proven not to be one of them.
In a statement on the restaurant’s website, the proprietors explained it COVID-19 had “changed the way we live, work and travel”.
“Unfortunately, it has also affected Marigold’s function shop and everyday trading,” the statement said.
“As there are plans to expand the Citymark Building, it’s time to say goodbye.“
Alan Rao, who worked for Marigold as a servant for more than 10 years, said he was not surprised.
That shortage of international students and closure of the international border had hit the hospitality industry hard during the pandemic, he said.
“I had a good and happy time in Marigold,” he said. “I will miss it.”
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