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Charlie Chiang’s In Crystal City Closed for Renovations

by ARLnow.com April 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm 4,266 21 Comments

Renovations are still in progress at Charlie Chiang’s in Crystal City (320 23rd Street S.).

With little warning, the Asian restaurant closed last month for “remodeling.” A manager at the Charlie Chiang’s location in Centreville told us that the restaurant is not expected to reopen for another week or two.

In a note on the door addressed to the restaurant’s “royal customers,” management apologized for the sudden closing.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience!” the note said. “We will be back! Better than ever!”

  • dasd

    Hopefully they’re renovating the food

  • Rebecca

    Nice slam on ENGRISH

    • drax

      OMG. Too perfect!

  • Quoth the Raven

    With that sign, are they making fun of themselves in some weird self-stereotyping kind of way? Or could they just not do any better with the wording?

    • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

      No more so than the already have in choosing the name of the restaurant.

  • John Fontain

    Reminds me of the classic scene from “A Christmas Story.”


  • BC

    Does that really say “royal customers”

    • SomeGuy

      Sure does. Made me ROR.

      • drax

        Winning comment of the week.

  • dasd

    Pretty sure Charlie Chiang’s is owned by a Caucasian man. I wonder who drew up this sign.

  • The Rock

    Since they have been closed since last month, I wonder why this is just being posted now.

  • Schmeff

    I find it shocking that this place is still open. Didn’t they renovate it a year or so ago and keep the food the same? It really is horrible food.

  • nunya

    im sure something was lost in translation and they did mean royal as in kingly or regal.

    otherwise, they would have used “rooking” and “crosing” in that msg.

  • Artie Fufkin

    If they replaced it with a Panda Express, it would be an upgrade.

    • thelevyisdry


  • Elle K

    I do wish this place would turn over. I tried it, at least twice, years ago and can still recall the flavor of unclean oil in the food. Blech.

  • MC 703

    Wow that is #1 great!

  • Jim

    This news is like a month old.

    • drax

      It’s an update! Renovations are “still in progress.” Like Francisco Franco is still dead.

  • Francisco Franco

    Wait – WHAT??

    • drax

      I’m sorry you had to hear that.


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