It's the end of an era for Sun Hing Chinese Restaurant after 39 years of business on William Street in Port Macquarie.
The red and green premises in the busy heart of Port Macquarie has been purchased by St Agnes' Parish.
St Agnes' Parish communications and public relations coordinator Megan Barber confirmed the sale on September 6.
"St Agnes' Parish has purchased 112 William Street as it will be complementary to other land holdings surrounding the church," she said.
"No final decisions have been made as to the future of this property."
A true icon of Port Macquarie in the restaurant arena.Clint Simpson
There has been an outpouring of nostalgia from residents at the thought of losing one of the town's oldest restaurants.
"After 39 years of business we will be losing an iconic restaurant in Port Macquarie," said Tracey Walsh, one of many fans on social media.
"Sun Hing will close its doors for the final time in February 2020. It will be a huge loss to our town as it's one of the very few long term businesses within Port Macquarie. I wish Mr Chu and his sister all the best for their retirement."
"That's sad. I loved their food, my daughter used to work there," said Lynette Wragge.
"Sorry to hear, it feels like it has always been here," said Kate Harris.
Many good memories eating there and takeaway.Donna O'Brien
"That's a shame ... always good food and always good for a chat. Good luck," said Gary Hicks.
"As a kid I loved how the dishes would come with a flame in a small metal cup in the middle of the dish. Awesome memory as a kid," said Adam Anderson.
The Port News contacted the owners of the Sun Hing but they requested to quietly end their era of serving diners in Port Macquarie.
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