Video Archive: Duluth’s Chinese Lantern Restaurant

It was 25 years ago today — January 16, 1994 — when Duluth’s iconic Chinese Lantern restaurant was destroyed by fire. The video clip above is from the Asian Flavors documentary co-produced by the Minnesota Historical Society Press and Twin Cities Public Television in 2013. The full 28-minute documentary is below.

Bonus Material: The January/February issue of magazine has an article on “The Huie Legacy.”



about 5 years ago

I was coming home from a rave at the DECC and watched the fire from the top level of the Holiday Center parking ramp. The uniform shirts from the Lantern later turned up at Goodwill and I still have one.

Jacob Jacobson

about 5 years ago

Spent many lunch hours at Chinese Lantern with KDAL Sales and Production players.  Many after-6PM Newscast sessions as well with unnamed Channel 3 Weather personality. (ca: 1969-74)

Karen Maso

about 2 years ago

The Nankin  Restaurant in Minneapolis was probably the best Chinese food I ever had.  It was mid to late 1950's when our family was first introduced to the Nankin.  It was always our favorite Chinese Restaurant.  I love Chinese food because of the Nankin.  The flavors were incredible.  I am 71 years old and I am sad to say since the Nankin closed I have found only one other Chinese Restaurant that was comparable and that was Chinese Lantern in Duluth,MN which burnt down in 1994.  Still looking for a really good Chinese restaurant.

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