Last year, I mourned the old school Chinese-American joint called Richard Yee's Chinese Restaurant in Sheepshead Bay without having ever had the chance to go there. Recently, I was in the neighborhood, so I went to check on the place.
It's still there, the great signage still in place, and as far as I can tell, the interior is intact, booths, bar and all. There are "For Rent" signs all over the front, but apparently nobody knows what to do with the huge place. That's fine with me. As soon as some chain (it will be a chain) takes over the address, those wonderful signs will come down and hit the scrap heap. I want them up there as long as possible.
Richard Yee's was founded 1952. It closed in 2009. It was an old-style tiki place, with a "Polynesian Room" that served exotic drinks, and the place was famous for its pupu platter.