For those willing to drive to the quiet corners of Oregon’s farmland for a killer meal, hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant Happy Dragon in Independence was a jewel in a sea of grass seed farms. Now, Portlanders will be able to find its old-school Cantonese fare a little closer to home, the Statesman Journal in Salem reports: The Feng family has shut down its Polk County location, with plans to reopen in Portland.
Chef-owner Linan Feng, who spent time at local favorites like Ocean City and Wong’s King, created a following with refined-yet-homey Cantonese cuisine, from his hard-to-find specialties to house-made soy sauce and hoisin; he accrued a dedicated block of regulars who would drive from nearby Salem or even Portland for one of the restaurant’s 12 daily Peking duck. The restaurant announced its plans to close on its Facebook page, also alluding to the Portland relocation. The restaurant said it would announce the new address in September.
The Feng family has not responded to requests for comment, but stay tuned for more information on the incoming restaurant, its menu, and whether it’ll increase its daily Peking duck count.
Disclosure: Eater Portland Editor Brooke Jackson-Glidden reviewed Happy Dragon in 2017, when she served as restaurant critic for the Statesman Journal.
• Happy Dragon [Facebook]
• Happy Dragon restaurant in Independence announces closure, plans to move [The Statesman Journal]
• Dining review: Must try Peking duck at Independence’s Happy Dragon [SJ]