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Residents of the North Shore were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Kowloon co-founder and matriarch Madeline Wong.

According to the legendary restaurant’s official Twitter account, Wong was 95 and full of life and energy. It’s bittersweet that Wong passed this month, as she was likely due for another visit from some of the restaurant’s biggest supporters.


For decades, the Kowloon in Saugus has been a regular stop for World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars appearing at the Boston Garden, TD Garden, or other venues in the area.

In fact, on the restaurant’s website, there is an entire page dedicated to the signed headshots of wrestlers that hang on the wall inside the Kowloon.

“To Kowloon Rest – You’re the Best”, wrote Hulk Hogan. “To Kowloon – the ONLY place to eat in Boston” adds Mick Foley, over a photograph of the wrestler using his Mankind persona.

They join photos and messages from the likes of The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Shane McMahon, “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, Trish Stratus, Chris Jericho, Kevin Nash, Matt and Jeff Hardy, the Dudley Boyz, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

Also featured prominently are two local legends, including Newbury’s own John Cena and the late Walter “Killer” Kowalski, famous not just for his in-ring career but for training New Hampshire native Triple H.

Next to his signature, Kowalski wrote, “To Kowloon and the Wong Family – Best of the Best!”

The Kowloon has also hosted a number of live appearances for wrestlers, including a live show for the popular podcast “Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard” in 2017.

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