Decades-old Richmond District dim sum staple Ton Kiang to close permanently

Decades-old Richmond District dim sum staple Ton Kiang to close permanentlyPhoto: Andrew D./Yelp
Alisa Scerrato
Published on August 17, 2020

Ton Kiang is closing for good. 

The neighborhood staple, located at 5821 Geary Blvd. in the Outer Richmond, will serve its last plate of dim sum on Sunday, August 30.

A representative for the restaurant confirmed the closure, but declined to provide additional information as to why. 

Ton Kiang's offers both dim sum and Hakka-style Chinese cuisine. For decades, it's drawn crowds of families for its shrimp dumplings, pork buns, and sesame balls. Other customer favorites include paper-wrapped chicken and wrapped crab claws.

The restaurant's exact age is unclear. It was featured in a 1982 New York Times article, and a 2009 Chronicle capsule review says it had been open for "over 30 years," which would date its debut to the late 1970s. Its earliest public records in the city's online system date to 1984. 

Dim Sum at Tom Kiang. | Photo: George R./Yelp

Pre-COVID, Ton Kiang was particularly popular on weekends, when it was common to see lines out the door.

The restaurant has reduced its hours since shelter-in-place began, but will continue to serve takeout and offer delivery through the end of the month.

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