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After 30 years as a Chinese restaurant, Belleville staple becomes Cozy Diner

Looking for comfort food at the Cozy Diner

The Cozy Diner located at 3605 North Belt West in Belleville is ready serve you some comfort food. The restaurant is located in the former House of Chiu.
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The Cozy Diner located at 3605 North Belt West in Belleville is ready serve you some comfort food. The restaurant is located in the former House of Chiu.

The woks in the kitchen are gone, but you can still sit in a vintage red House of Chiu booth inside a new Bellevillle restaurant.

Cozy Diner, located at 3605 North Belt West, Belleville, has moved into the space previously operated by Feng Ming Huang and her family. In November, the Haungs closed their restaurant after nearly 30 years in Belleville.

“(I)t has truly been a pleasure to serve each and everyone of you,” House of Chiu wrote in a farewell statement to customers. “Whether you have grown up eating our food, or have recently found us, we will miss you.”

Three months after the Haungs served their final customers, the restaurant has new life again, thanks to Sandra Vargas Bravo and her husband, Jesus. The couple wants to impress the metro-east with its comfort food menu.

Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees options are on the menu.

From a traditional breakfast, which includes two eggs, bacon or sausage and toast, to French Dip sandwiches and pork tenderloin, the couple wanted to give the community their version of comfort food.

“To make good food, you have to put your heart in it,” Sandra Vargas Bravo said. “Everything is home-cooked here and homemade.”

Her husband, Jesus, has cooked in local kitchens for 10 years. The couple opened their first restaurant together in Smithton last year.

They decided to close their restaurant, The Gathering Place, to focus on their latest venture in Belleville. New signs for the restaurant are expected to go up soon.

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