97-year-old Chicago Restaurant Owner Becomes Honorary Member of Worldwide Food Service Association

After nearly a century of life and over half a century of serving made-from-scratch Chinese cuisine to Chicago’s North Side, Sue Toy Lee of Guey Lon Restaurant will be made an honorary member of the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) this Saturday. Lee has owned the Irving Park eatery for more than 60 years. More than enough time to be recognized as a staple of Chicago’s noteworthy dining institutions and—as of this weekend—a part of the worldwide culinary circle.

Patrons of the small “dine in & carry out” establishment rave about Guey Lon’s menu of Americanized Chinese dishes. From egg rolls (which are highly recommended) to Cantonese specialties, there is no question your meal is home-cooked and prepared with a zest for life. The enthusiasm for gastronomy at Guey Lon is carried over to service with an exceedingly friendly staff and a sense of pride in being the area’s longstanding “go-to” for quality Chinese food. 

Guey Lon is now run by Lee’s son and his wife (Daniel and Jean). But the 97-year-old restaurateur who started it all is known to make regular appearances at the landmark chop suey haven, located at 3968 North Elston Avenue. She will be there on Saturday among family, friends and IFSEA members from around the country to celebrate her longevity and well-deserved recognition by the leaders of this prestigious international food service association.

The IFSEA is a global organization focused on career development and excellence in the hospitality industry. The Chicago branch chairman elect, a professor at Harper College, will award Lee with her honorary title this Saturday, November 8.

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