WTTW has posted a video segment about Bill Tong and his family, who owned Hollywood Park’s long-lived Chinese restaurant Tong’s Tea Garden, located at 3411 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Bill’s mother still lives in the apartment above the restaurant, where Bill and his sister, Dolly, grew up. They no longer own the restaurant, now called Hunan Wok, but both the Tongs and the restaurant will be leaving the building for good, which is on land acquired by Northeastern Illinois University for expansion.
What else was on the
north south side of Bryn Mawr between Kimball to Bernard in the 1960s? Congregation Lev Someach, Beck’s Books, Follett’s, CV’s Snack Shop, and the barber shop. Did I forget anything?
I’ve embedded the video on this page, but not sure how long the link will be active, so check it out soon. Don’t miss the two images of Bryn Mawr Avenue and Bill’s Peterson School class photo.
Photo courtesy of Bill Tong