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Popular Houston restaurant that has served royalty, celebs and a president damaged in overnight fire

Through the years, Fung’s Kitchen has welcomed dignitaries from around the world — now it is temporarily closed for repairs after a fire.

HOUSTON — A fire damaged an iconic Chinese restaurant in southwest Houston late Sunday night.

The fire was reported at Fung’s Kitchen along the Southwest Freeway.

Mo Davis, HFD District Chief 68, said police officers were the first to spot the smoke coming from the back of the restaurant.

Firefighters said gusty winds helped fan the flames, causing extensive damage to the backside of the business, which has been at the location for more than 30 years.

The restaurant was closed at the time, and no injuries were reported.

The dining room at the restaurant, known for its beautiful décor, was temporarily closed last year due to COVID, but full service had since resumed.

Now the business is closed again for repairs.

On Facebook, its owners did not estimate how long it would take to reopen, but they said the fire appeared to be electrical in nature and was mostly contained to the exterior rear of the building. The interior suffered smoke and water damage, however.

"We're so grateful for the outpouring of love and support after news broke of the fire at Fung's Kitchen last night. Our family and staff are all safe and nobody was present at the time of the incident," the restaurant's owners stated.

Through the years, Fung’s Kitchen has welcomed celebrities from around the world, including royalty and President George H.W. Bush. It's known for its dim sum, seafood and authentic Chinese cuisine.