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Fans Flock to 69 Bayard for Chinatown Old Timer's Final Weekend

Downtown Manhattan just lost a beloved late-night restaurant.

[The line during the restaurant's farewell weekend]
[The line during the restaurant's farewell weekend]
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Chinatown standby 69 Bayard closed after service on Saturday night.  The landlord hiked the rent and the lease was up, so the owners decided to call it quits. Last week, a manager told WNYC that the restaurant had been in business for 80 years. 69 Bayard served large portions of hearty, inexpensive Chinese food in a dining room whose walls were covered with dollar bills. Unlike many Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood, 69 Bayard stayed open late.

Since news of its impending closure broke on Wednesday, fans lined up to pay their final respects. Here's a look at the scene from last weekend:

[The crowd on Friday night]
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Obligatory shot of the line. That is us on the end.

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Had so many chow funs at this place

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Jeremiah Moss paid his first and last visit on Saturday night: "I ate my chicken wings while regulars came in and out, hugging the waiters, taking pictures, saying goodbye. On the wall near my table, a pair of dollar bills read: 'Sweetness was here. 69 Bayard 4 ever.'"

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