The Orono Burger King has been sitting vacant along Stillwater Avenue since it closed at the end of 2020, with a handful of other area Burger King franchises owned by Steve Wegner.

China Garden 5, Cori Skall
China Garden 5, Cori Skall
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The properties went to auction in March of 2021. All of the contents of each restaurant were to go with the sale.

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It seems the old building will soon see some new life, as another local business prepares to set up shop in that location.

China Garden 8, Cori Skall
China Garden 8, Cori Skall
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China Garden has been located in the University Mall on Stillwater Avenue since it opened in 1990.

China Garden 10, Cori Skall
China Garden 10, Cori Skall
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It closed down 2 weeks ago, but customers don't have to worry, as the closure was temporary and necessary for owner Christine Chou to move the entire restaurant to a new, not-so-far-away spot; the old Burger King building right across the parking lot.

China Garden 2, Cori Skall
China Garden 2, Cori Skall
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According to the China Garden Facebook Page, the restaurant closed May 15th to accommodate the move.

China Garden 3, Cori Skall
China Garden 3, Cori Skall
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"We are temporary closed to process moving to a new location. The new address is the former Burger King building. Estimate two weeks can be reopened. Thank you all my customers have been loved my food,I will keep going to provide more delicious and healthy dishes for you. See you over there."

China Garden 4, Cori Skall
China Garden 4, Cori Skall
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The response to the announcement of the move online has been overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing their excitement and well wishes in the comment section.

China Garden 6, Cori Skall
China Garden 6, Cori Skall
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"Oh wow that’s awesome and a bigger building and should make a nice spacious dining area."

"This is awesome. So excited for you. Looking forward to having your delicious food in a new place."

"Looking forward to your new location! We hope your move goes smoothly!"

"We’re so excited for you!  Congrats on the move, see you in a few weeks."

China Garden 7, Cori Skall
China Garden 7, Cori Skall
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Management for China Garden says they hope to have the new location open by the beginning of June.

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