Winnie’s Oriental Garden, the Chinese restaurant on Orange Avenue in Winter Park, is expected to close in “a few more months,” according to Nick Leung, son of the restaurant’s owner and namesake, Winnie. Leung said that his mother “is ready to retire and I can’t handle it on my own.” The restaurant opened in the summer of 1995.
Leung said that his mother has a preliminary agreement with the owner of Black Bean Deli, the popular Cuban eatery whose original location is just around the corner on U.S. Highway 17-92.
Leung that despite the proximity to the Winnie’s location, the owners of Black Bean Deli intend to keep the original BBD as a catering kitchen. That location has virtually no seating, mainly just a ledge along the wall. A second Black Bean Deli opened in 2013 in the former Vega’s space on Colonial Drive in the Mills 50 district with seating and full service. Black Bean Deli also has an outlet in the Amway Center open during events. A call to the owners of Black Bean Deli was not immediately returned.
Winnie Leung has been operating Chinese restaurants in the area since 1979. She and her husband owned China Garden, the restaurant on Semoran Boulevard near University Boulevard in Winter Park. When the couple divorced, she opened Winnie’s.
Nick Leung said that he’s not sure what’s next for him or the “five to seven” employees at Winnie’s. As for his mother, she’s just ready to relax.