RESTAURANT OWNER PASSES Chef Robert Wong Dies Suddenly
Reported by: Atish Baidya
Web Producer: Michelle Carroll
Also Contributing: Elizabeth Noreika
Reported: May. 30, 2012 8:32 AM EDT
Updated: May. 30, 2012 9:08 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Charleston's most popular chef, Robert Wong, owner of the Bridge Road Bistro, passed away suddenly Tuesday Evening. Witnesses say Wong was playing tennis right before he collapsed.
Robert Wong was a fixture in the South Hills area and in the community of Charleston as a whole.
Wednesday morning a note hung on the door of the restaurant he took so much pride in. It read: "The Bridge Road Bistro will be closed until further notice due to the loss of our owner and friend Chef Robert Wong."
Wong was originally from San Francisco, California. He kicked off his career in West Virginia when he was accepted into the culinary apprenticeship program at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs in 1985.
A talented chef, Wong is described as humble and compassionate.
He and his wife, Sherri, opened a community outreach ministry at Christ Church United Methodist in September 2011.
Hundreds of people have been leaving condolences on the Bridge Road Bistro's Facebook page since last night. If you'd like to leave a message, go to facebook.com/BridgeRoadBistro.
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