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Customers crowd Kowloon Cafe to say goodbye after 60 years in business

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – After 60 years of serving Chinese food in West Valley City, the beloved Kowloon Cafe is closing its doors. Loyal customers have been keeping the restaurant busy from open to close, ever since owners Raymond Wang and his daughter Connie Wang announced the closure a few weeks ago.

They’ve even run out of food on a few occasions.

On Friday afternoon, one day from the official closing date, people filled the lobby well before the dinner rush. The phone rang off the hook, and Door Dash orders flooded in.

The wait in the lobby for take-out orders spanned more than an hour. Yet people stood around, determined to go home with food from Kowloon Cafe one last time.

Terry Rice kept himself posted by the front doors.

“There’s nobody that makes paper wrap chicken like this place,” he said. Rice also talked up the breaded veal cutlet, one of the establishment’s cult favorites.

He said he’s been coming to Kowloon since he was 14, and at one time worked there washing dishes. Rice said he used to go on dates at Kowloon and would also just “hang out with the guys.”

Decades later, he still loves it.

“I’m going to miss it. And my folks will miss it,” he said.

Cheryl Loewenstein sat at a long table with her whole family, next to the bright windows in the dining room of Kowloon.

Like Rice, she’s also been eating at Kowloon for too long to count.

“I couldn’t believe it had been here 60 years, you know. That’s a long time,” she said. Loewenstein loves the food– the spare ribs and red drop soup top her list of favorites– but it’s not just the food that she’ll miss.

Kowloon Cafe holds a lot of memories for her.

“It’s one of our favorite places,” Loewenstein said. “And we come here for a lot of family events.” Events like her dad’s birthday, and her niece’s graduation.

Which is why it’s fitting that she’s here on a special day, for her last trip to Kowloon.

“It’s my birthday,” Loewenstein said. “Yay!”

Co-owner Connie Wang described how customers often celebrated important days of their lives at Kowloon Cafe, including  anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, baby showers– everything.

She’s even seen two proposals in the restaurant.

A couple who came in for their last meal told Wang they had gone on their first date there six years ago.

It’s a bittersweet closure, but after 15 years of ownership, Connie said it’s time.

Wang said business has slowed over the past half decade. Her dad is moving on to a new chapter in his life.

“He’s about ready to retire”, Connie said, of her father. “He’s been here every day for years.” Raymond Wang will now get to spend more time with his family.

Connie’s preparing to take on a new business venture, by opening Tokyo Teriyaki in Midvale and in Sugar House this summer. She said they’ll serve teriyaki rice and noodle bowls.

Wang knew many Kowloon Cafe customers by name as they came in to place orders, and she let them know they’ll still be able to see her.

Connie handed a take-out order to a man named Alan, who had been patiently sitting, waiting for his final Kowloon Cafe meal.

“Connie, you’re wonderful,” he said. “Thank you.”

Alan stood up and gave Connie a hug.

“Come see me at my new place, okay?” she said. He replied, “We will.”

16-year-old babysitter arrested after 4-month-old infant found injured

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A 16-year-old juvenile has been arrested and booked into juvenile detention after police found a 4-month-old girl with injuries consistent with child abuse on Wednesday, according to West Valley City Police.

Police said they performed CPR on the child at Shadowbook Apartments until fire personnel arrived and transported her to Jordan Valley West Medical Center.

She was then transported by medical helicopter to Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Lt. Steve Burke with West Valley City Police said they received the call just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and their next steps will be guided by what happens with the injured 4-month-old girl.

“We wait to see what happens with the child,” Burke said. “If the child survives the injuries, then obviously we look at crimes that direction. If the child doesn’t [survive], then we look at homicide charges.”

Police said both families have been cooperating with authorities.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family here.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Holocaust Remembrance Day offers opportunity to teach fifth, sixth graders

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — On Holocaust Remembrance Day, many young Utahns learn about the atrocity for the first time.

Discrimination and genocide is a heavy lesson plan for fifth and sixth graders at Granger Elementary in West Valley City.

“I feel bad for the people,” said Diego Lopez, a fifth grader. “Some of the people were put into a room and got gassed.”

Lopez is one student just learning six million Jews were exterminated. That’s double the population of Utah.

“It’s devastating,” Blessing Tarley said, also a fifth grader. “I just feel bad for the people and how they got treated.”

The school’s PTA collaborated with the World Holocaust Museum in Israel for the exhibit to open a dialogue on the small steps that led to ethnic cleansing in Europe.

“It shows that incredible evil can take place in our lifetime,” Rabbi Sam Spector said. “There were horrible genocides that have taken place since then.”

At the Jewish Community Center Thursday, religious leaders reflected on the rise of violence against people of faith over the last year. Rabbi Spector said it’s up to everyone to have the courage to speak up against discrimination.

“It’s very inspiring to me that we have a generation whether they know directly about the Holocaust or they don’t, that as a society, we are learning lessons from what can happen when there is evil or when we are bystanders,” Rabbi Spector said. “My concern as a teacher is that we do not separate certain people and say you’re lesser than me because you’re not as tall or you have the wrong color eyes, or you are the wrong nationality. That’s how all of this begins.”

Students told FOX 13 what lesson they learned from the Holocaust exhibit.

“To treat people the same, to not bring them down when something bad happens,” Lopez said.

“We should get treated how we want to be treated. Everybody is the same, everybody is different and if we are all different we can change the world,” Tarley added.

The “Stars Without a Heaven” Exhibit will be on display for students at Granger Elementary through Monday.

Tooele teen killed in crash on Mountain View Corridor

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Authorities have identified the woman who was killed in a crash on Mountain View Corridor Wednesday night as 18-year-old Talia Littlefield of Tooele.

Littlefield attended Stansbury High School and was set to graduate this spring.

“It was a big emotional thing,” said Stansbury High junior Zach King. “She was a very big person in our school. She had lots of friends and she was well known.”

The crash occurred at the intersection of 6200 South and Mountain View Corridor, and police first tweeted about it shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

West Valley City Police stated a 17-year-old girl traveling westbound ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. Littlefield was riding as a passenger in the car that entered the intersection against the light.

Both drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

“Our thoughts and prayers will be with [the driver] too,” said Tooele County School District Superintendent Scott Rogers. “I know survivor guilt is a real thing and it`s hard to deal with.”

“She had a twin brother and I bet it`s really hard for him, but they`re getting lots of support and love from everyone throughout the school and just the community,” King said. “It’s got to be hard though.”

The school district said there will be counselors at Stansbury High throughout the week and said if any student, parent or teacher is having trouble digesting what just happened they should not have to grieve alone. Please reach out to the school or the district for help.

Police identify woman killed in crash on Mountain View Corridor

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Authorities have identified a woman who was killed in a crash on Mountain View Corridor Wednesday night.

Thursday police identified the deceased as 18-year-old Talia Littlefield of Tooele.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 6200 South and Mountain View Corridor, and police first tweeted about it shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

West Valley City Police stated a 17-year-old girl traveling westbound ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. Littlefield was riding as a passenger in the car that entered the intersection against the light.

Both drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

 

Fatal accident at 6200 South, Mountain View Corridor

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A fatal accident at 6200 South and Mountain View Corridor has been confirmed and Mountain View Corridor is closed between 5400 South and 7000 South.

6200 South remains closed at the Mountain View Corridor intersection.

West Valley City Police tweeted a 17-year-old girl ran a red light going westbound on 6200 South and was hit by a car traveling southbound on Mountain View Corridor.

An 18-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the westbound vehicle, died at the scene.

Both drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.