The Tulip steak house has closed after 90 years in the community.
“It is with great sadness that we must announce that The Tulip has closed,” read a short statement posted to Facebook on New Year’s Day. “Unfortunately, business conditions have changed regarding our lease agreement in ways we can no longer accommodate, and we have been left with no choice.”
While the restaurant, currently at at 1606 Queen St. E., has been serving up meals since 1929 with a previous location on the Danforth, a fact stated proudly on the restaurant website, the latest owners were the Liu family. Husband and wife team David Liu, who worked the back grill, and Sheila Ann Lui, who became known for her homemade pie and rice pudding, took over the business in 1988. Sheila Ann Liu died of an illness in 2006 at the age of 61.
In the Facebook post on Wednesday, the restaurant said: “It is your patronage that has allowed us to do what we love for so long, and to be as much a part of our lives as we have been in yours.
“While this may be the end of this chapter, a new one is only a page turn away.”
Customers left comments about the restaurant on its Facebook post.
“Wow. After 30 years of eating here, I will miss you. But what I will miss the most is all the lovely people that have worked there over the years,” wrote one commenter.
“That breaks my heart. I’ve been coming to the Tulip since the day it opened,” wrote another.
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