Fairfield restaurateurs closing eatery after 37 years

A Korean/Chinese restaurant with a nearly four-decade history in Fairfield is closing its doors this week.

Moon Garden Restaurant owners John and Sue Chun are in their 70s and will retire Tuesday following a career of culinary creativity that started in 1980.

The couple was reticent about doing an interview, but openly gushed online about their feelings.

“We would like to thank all the wonderful customers who have been coming for years,” they wrote in a Facebook post. “Many have become friends and some like a second family. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

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The Chuns aren’t the only ones who are effusive with their praise. A four-and-a-half star rating for restaurant at online rating site Yelp is backed by the real-life laudations heard from customers at Moon Garden, located at 20 Donald Dr.

Andy Zinsmeister, of Hamilton, said he is a regular who has been dining at the restaurant since it first opened 37 years ago.

The closing of the popular restaurant will have him experiencing “withdrawal symptoms,” Zinsmeister said.

“It will be like losing an old friend,” he said. “I went to two funerals last week. This is kind of similar.”

Heek Hake, daughter of Moon Garden restaurant owners John and Sue Chun, talks with customers in the restaurant, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Moon Garden is closing Feb. 28 after 37 years in business. GREG LYNCH / STAFF (Staff Writer)

Miranda Blevins, of Preble County, said she grew up in Fairfield and has been going to the restaurant since she was a child, well over 30 years.

She said the food has always been excellent, especially the beef bulgogi, but the restaurant’s appeal isn’t only it’s food.

“When I had babies, they took time to ooh and ahh over them,” she said. “As my children grew, they would always ask me first, then give my children popsicles. They made the kids feel like family.”

Blevins said as a child, she made a beeline to the restaurant every chance she got.

“We would walk down from the middle school before football games and have lunch frequently,” Blevins said. “Probably three or four times a month. More often when I was in college. I always try to eat there when I come to visit.

She said she even ordered Moon Garden menu when she was in the hospital in 2010 giving birth to her son.

“I had friends bring it me and my family at Mercy Hospital,” she said and laughed. “It’s always been our favorite.”

Blevins said her entire family plans to make a trip down to Fairfield specifically to eat there this weekend.

“Some of my happiest meals were in that restaurant,” she said.

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