The name of the Restaurant is Hung Fong; it is the oldest Chinese restaurant in San Antonio (opened in 1939).
|Carved front door at Hung Fong Chinese |
|The lanterns are beautiful!|
"Our ceiling was once named the 'Best Decorated Ceiling' by National Geographic Magazine. Besides serving as our decor, our two flags serve as a reminder of how two countries can work together to find harmony.
"In 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1835-1945), China was invaded by Japan. For nearly six years China lost battle after battle to Japan due to continuous air strikes and bombing. In 1943, unable to bear further demolishment of her country, the First Lady of the Republic of China, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek flew to the United States and addressed the U.S. Congress. She made a desperate plea for help to save her beloved country. Out of friendship and humanitarian reasons, President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed to send out military aid in hopes of saving China.
"In an effort to aid China and to put pressure on Japan, President Roosevelt authorized the creation of a "Clandestine Air Unit" for service in China. This group was popularly known at The Flying Tigers. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the war merged into the greater conflict of World War II. The war ended with the victory of the Allies in 1945.
"To show his appreciation to the U.S. Military, my grandfather, the founder of Hung Fong, installed the two neon flags that you now see up above. He thought that the union of the two flags served as a great reminder of how his current home country of the United States had helped save China, the country of his birth. If you look closely at the American flag there are only 48 stars instead of the 50 that we know of today. The two flags were erected in the years prior to Alaska and Hawaii entering the Union in 1959."
|American and Chinese neon flags on the ceiling.|
As we were sitting eating our dinner, I kept marveling at the art on the walls. I couldn't figure out what the medium was. After we finished eating, I walked around to look at all the art. The medium is butterfly wings! Very pretty.
|"Pictures worth millions of butterflies."|
|Art from butterfly wings.|
|Butterfly wing art|
|Close up of butterfly wings from the art above|
|Hung Fong menu|
|Hung Fong exterior|
We will go back. It's very close to Brackenridge Park and the Witte Museum.