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Hu Ke Lau to close Friday

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Tonight, the neon lights of the Hu Ke Lau will go out - at least for now.

The Polynesian restaurant, which has been a staple on Memorial Drive in Chicopee for over five decades, announced in early March that they would be closing the building and redeveloping the property.

The heavy snow flakes didn’t deter diners from stopping by the Hu Ke Lau for their last egg roll, at least for now.

"We don't want to miss out on this historic landmark, so we had to come and get one last lunch here," said Nick Smith.

Smith and Mickey Dooney said that they love stopping by the Polynesian themed eatery and have a list of favorites.

"I can't get enough pork fried rice.  That is why I am here today and the stir fry you can't go wrong with the food," Dooney said.

Owner Andy Yee cited issues with this building, which has lit up a busy section of Memorial Drive in Chicopee for 53 years. 

Yee told Western Mass News last month that he plans to redevelop the property and in the meantime, their employees will have the opportunity to work at other restaurants owned by the Yee family in western Massachusetts.

The sign above the door says it all, that this isn't a goodbye, but an Aloha until we meet again and people that we spoke with said that they are excited to see what is to come for the Hu Ke Lau.

"I hope it's another restaurant," Smith noted.

Tonight on Western Mass News at 10 p.m. on FOX 6 and Eleven@11 on ABC40, we'll take a look at the restaurant's last Polynesian show and hear more from Yee and his family.

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