A 143-year-old Beijing roast duck restaurant may be closing for renovations but it is not about to let its ovens go cold. To maintain its tradition, the restaurant said it will keep embers from its wood-fired ovens burning during the six-month refurbishing job.
The oldest outlet of Quanjude Group of roast duck restaurants, on Qianmen Street in downtown Beijing, will close for business on Tuesday night. A ceremony to preserve the oven fire, which the restaurant says has not been extinguished since it first opened in 1864, will be conducted before the end of business at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. [Full Text]