Hunan Garden Restaurant closed the doors May 16 of its eatery at 4331 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, and will soon relocate to another shopping center toward the front of Kingwood.

The Kingwood staple operated from the Kings Crossing shopping center at the northwest corner of Kingwood Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway for about 35 years. However, owner Jenny Wang Hou said she was unable to renegotiate a lease with the center's new landlord, SDI Realty Advisors.

Hunan Garden will relocate to 23940 Hwy. 59 N., Kingwood, in the Northpark Plaza shopping center. Hou's new landlords are Paul and Angela Leviner, Kingwood residents who she said played a heavy role in her decision to move the restaurant to the shopping center.

While an opening date for the restaurant has not been announced, Hou said it will reopen with dine-in service, as the restaurant had been only offering to-go and delivery amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chinese eatery will offer much of the same menu, which includes lo mein, orange beef and chicken, mandarin shrimp, various shared plates and numerous vegetarian dishes. However, Hou said she hopes the new concept will also attract a lively lunch, dinner, happy hour and late-night crowd.

“We are so happy to find a new home in Kingwood,” she said. “I think moving to the front of Kingwood will be an exciting change for us, and we have some fun ideas coming to make Hunan Garden 2.0 even better.”