Specializes in Hong Kong style cuisine + baked goods with a modern twist.
While Chelsea Hung grew up in her parent’s restaurant, Washington Bakery & Restaurant, she didn’t think she would ever be running it. Her parents opened Washington Bakery in SF Chinatown in 1995 and the restaurant quickly became an institution, solidifying itself as an integral part of the Chinatown community. Like many second generation Chinese restaurant kids, the family restaurant was a second home, a place Chelsea remembers as a constant presence in her life. As an adult, life took Chelsea away from the family restaurant. She went to college and pursued a career in tech that took her from California to New York City. Yet, when her parents wanted to retire and sell the restaurant a few years ago, Chelsea realized she didn’t want her relationship with Washington Bakery to end. For Chelsea, it was about her family’s legacy. Many Chinatown businesses were closing and disappearing because the younger generation weren’t taking over. Chelsea didn’t want to see her family’s hard work disappear. She wanted to preserve her family’s story. Now, Chelsea is the full-time owner of Washington Bakery, a subject of great pride. Not only does the restaurant serve amazing Hong Kong style cafe food, it also supports the community by partnering with organizations serving food insecure populations. For Chelsea, it’s critical that restaurants like Washington Bakery support the local community both economically and socially. Chinatown has its own ecosystem of businesses and social support. After all, if second generation restaurant kids like her don’t contribute, whose else is there to carry on the legacy?
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