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The Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant In Newark, Ohio.

The Golden Wok is a Chinese restaurant in Newark, Ohio that’s a bit of a secret. It sits in an alley on the north side of the courthouse square in the downtown area. There is a sign on North 3rd street, but it’s high and a little hard to see as time has faded it. From what I’ve been told, it used to be a speakeasy in during the prohibition era and when you’re inside it, it feels like it. The place reminds one of a scene from an old gangster movie.

Newark, Ohio Chinese Restaurant, The Golden Wok

Newark, Ohio's Chinese restaurant, The Golden Wok, has an entrance in the alley just north of the courthouse square.

I’m not qualified to tell you much about the food at The Golden Wok as I’m not a big fan of Chinese food. I enjoyed the meals I’ve had there as far as Chinese food goes though. It’s worth a try just to experience the place.

If you have trouble finding it, look for these signs. I’m also including a map.

Sign for The Golden Wok Chinese restaurant in Newark, Ohio.

Sign visible from the Newark, Ohio square for the hidden Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant.Closeup Of The Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant in Downtown Newark, Ohio.


The Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant Sign In Newark, Ohio.

Closeup Of The Golden Wok Sign.

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The Lucky Bamboo Chinese Restaurant In Newark, Ohio.

The Lucky Bamboo is one of Newark, Ohio’s Chinese restaurants that does a good business. It’s on the far west side of town at 1485 Granville Road. They’ve been in business for many years and remain one of the favorite unique restaurants in Newark, Ohio

There is carry-out(10% off) or dine-in. The Lucky Bamboo’s phone number is 740-344-1822. Hungry Chinese food lovers in Newark should try them. They are very close to The Cherry Valley Lodge and The Marriot. They are also a short drive from Granville, Ohio. Don’t settle for fast food on the west side of town when you could have great Chinese and Thai food. 

As of this writing, I cannot find a website for this location. 

Another longtime favorite Chinese restaurant in Newark, Ohio is The Golden Wok, which used to be a speakeasy during prohibition. 

The Lucky Bamboo Chinese Restaurant in Newark, Ohio.

The Lucky Bamboo In Newark, Ohio

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Dagwood’s – What A Shame

I read in the Advocate that Dagwood’s Restaurant was closing. Who would have guessed? The business had been in the family since the 50’s and it was a Newark, Ohio legend. What could go wrong?

Apparently, a son that didn’t care about it is all that it takes. The Advocate’s story showed a picture of the disheveled chef on the front page. Hair a mess and a shirt unbuttoned at least half-way. The article went on for Mr. Cochran to moan about everything that went wrong of about the past 15 years of the restaurants steady decline. Not one mention of what he could do to turn things around. I couldn’t believe that the Advocate bothered to run the story as anything other than one of those humanitarian articles.

I’m sure Dagwoods seen some tough times. Some of his tales would be setbacks, but nothing overrides the fact that he got handed a once booming business that was bought and paid for. So much so that it took him 15 years to run it down to nothing. Who among us would not love to have been handed an opportunity like that?

Maybe it was bad reporting, but the owner sounds like many that I have heard lately. They add up all of the bad things that have happened and make a decision that things are what they seem, and figure, “What’s the use?”. Dagwood’s owner explained in detail how he had given up. Not so many failed businesses are so revealing. He took no notice that he was sitting on a restaurant that was a Newark legend that had a name. It may now be a bad name, but everybody knows about it and they wish for it’s return to success.

It makes me think about how blinded all of us can be to our current situation. Most of the time, things are not nearly as bad as they seem. A few steps in a positive direction can reverse everything. Dagwood’s owner could have reversed everything today with that one article, but he was to telling his tale of woe. Lesson learned.

On a final note, this is one more failed Newark, Ohio business that did NOT have a website. Since I have started Newark, Ohio Links, I have yet to see a failed business that had a respectable website. I’m not claiming that is why they failed, I’m saying it’s a symptom of failure.

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