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Burmese Curry Place to close at month’s end

By David Tuckwell - 14 March 2017 6

Four members of the Chan familyCanberra icon Burmese Curry Place will be closing at the end of month, ending the eight year run of the takeaway powerhouse.

The closure owes to an unresolved dispute with the landlord. The Chan family, who own BCP, will take an indefinite hiatus while scouting a new venue.

“It’s heart breaking to admit and more so to accept that this is real,” said Mehnsaik Chan, the family’s second eldest son.

“We really didn’t want this to happen, and with us not being in control of certain agendas, we’d like to say that this last month is going to be tough but things won’t change, we’re still ready to serve until the day we can’t.”

“For those who know our family, especially my parents, have had one of the hardest years – both physically and mentally – which we still are all recovering our best from.”

The restaurant was opened in 2009 by Mi-Mee and Nai Chan, members of Burma’s oppressed Mon people, who came to Australia fleeing the horrors of the Burmese civil war.

The couple arrived in Canberra with minimal cash and a skeleton English vocabulary. In a stunning rags-to-riches story, they got their start growing Asian vegetables at the Lion Club community garden, where they saved the money to start the business.

Nai, the father of the family, learnt how to speak English from a family friend. While Mi-Mee, whose family run a restaurant on the Thai border, developed the BCP’s smorgasbord curry offering, adjusting Burmese recipes for Australian palates.

They rented the location from a former bookshop and used $100,000 of their own money to install a kitchen, which they built themselves.

The end result, unpretentiously named Burmese Curry Place, was a stable nine piece menu in a convenient location at low prices—all of which endeared it to inner north bohemians, students and civil servants alike.

“I’m really devastated to hear this. One of the best things about working in the city was being 30 seconds away from BCP. I hope they find somewhere else soon and that it’s not too far away.” said Matthew Schofield, contractor to the Department of Infrastructure.

“I’ve been going to BCP since I first arrived in Canberra in 2010 and the 3 & 8 never failed, I really hope they manage to find a new place to set up,” said Rahul Balan, a lawyer in the city.

The restaurant was staffed exclusively by family members. Regulars watched down the years as the children grew up.

What were your favourite combos everyone? 4 & 5 here.

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6 Responses to
Burmese Curry Place to close at month’s end
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Elias Hallaj (aka CB 1:21 pm
14 Mar 17
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It will be sorely missed by many people. Like the author and many customers, I hope they find somewhere close to where they are now and a more stable future for the family. The have clearly worked hard and always treat their customers well so they deserve success into the future.

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Chris Steel MLA 8:54 am
15 Mar 17
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Elias Hallaj (aka CBRFoodie) said :

It will be sorely missed by many people. Like the author and many customers, I hope they find somewhere close to where they are now and a more stable future for the family. The have clearly worked hard and always treat their customers well so they deserve success into the future.

🙁 Elias I think it was you that first introduced me to BCP through your food blogs. A big loss for the CBD, but I am sure they have a bright future if they can find a different site.

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msgrumpy 11:17 am
15 Mar 17
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Beef and potato curry (no. 7?) – be still my beating heart! Yum! I look forward to BCP opening at a new location asap and hopefully not too far from the bus interchange (I don’t work in the city so only visited the BCP when I had errands to do in town).

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ChrisinTurner 5:41 pm
16 Mar 17
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I hope this is not another case of landlord gouging? What a shame! They will be missed. We need RiotACT to keep in touch with them and then tell us their new location.

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Wendeborg 6:58 pm
16 Mar 17
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Sorry to see this great little restaurant go. I hope you find another site nearby!

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chrisantos 3:39 pm
03 Apr 17
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Great write up. Such a shame to see them go. Please pass on my details to the business owner – Chris Antos, Laing+Simmons Commercial Property. chris.antos@lsre.com.au – 0422 837 647. I work in commercial real estate and have some great options for their relocation with excellent landlords! Cheers, Chris

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