Calgary’s Silver Inn, the namesake birthplace of ginger beef, will close its doors

“We are…very proud to be recognized for putting Calgary on the culinary map.”

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A Calgary restaurant famous for its invention of ginger beef is closing next month after nearly five decades in business.

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October 9 will be the last day of activity for the Silver Inn restaurant, which has been operating in Calgary since 1975.

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“This is a difficult decision for us,” read a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“We met a lot of really nice people over the years and watched generations of customers grow with us. We are also very proud to be recognized for putting Calgary on the culinary map with our invention of ginger beef.”

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The restaurant says it is the first to serve Peking-style Chinese food in Calgary and claims credit for creating an item now found on Chinese restaurant menus around the world, ginger beef.

According to its website, Silver Inn chef George Wong created the dish trying to appeal to the local palate as many were not ready to try traditional Chinese foods. He covered strips of Alberta beef with batter, basting the fried meat with a spicy sauce.

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Although the dish was initially called “d“Fried shredded beef in chili sauce” quickly gained the nickname ginger beef as its popularity grew.

However, the owners are not done yet. There’s still hope that Calgarians, or other Canadians, may soon taste the world’s first ginger beef again.

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We are developing a new business plan,” the restaurant said. “Maybe one day a new version of (Silver Inn) will resurface in Calgary or anywhere else in Canada.”

The Silver Inn will be the second Chinese staple to close in Calgary within six weeks. The Golden Inn restaurant, a longtime Chinatown mainstay, closed in late August after 45 years in business.

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