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    With Chinatown’s East Ocean City closed, what will take its place?

    Chinatown’s East Ocean City has closed its doors, leaving neighbors and fans of the Beach Street restaurant wondering what might replace it.
    Lexi Peery for the Boston Globe
    Chinatown’s East Ocean City has closed its doors, leaving neighbors and fans of the Beach Street restaurant wondering what might replace it.

    East Ocean City, a favorite of restaurant critics and takeout customers alike, has closed its doors. Known for its fresh seafood and vibrant late-night scene, the Cantonese spot was a Chinatown staple since it opened in 1991.

    Although there isn’t yet word on why the restaurant closed, a note taped to the door from owner Edward Leung signaled that the space may be redeveloped in the near future.

    “This is definitely a bittersweet ending of a chapter and a beginning of a new one,” wrote Leung. “We are excited about our new venture at this location and we look forward to serving you in a different capacity soon.”

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    Leung had previously shown interest in developing a hotel on the property, located at 25 Beach St. In a proposal presented to neighborhood groups last year, he noted that he wished to add four stories above the restaurant building, 85 rooms in total. When contacted Thursday, an employee at East Ocean Enterprises, the company headed by Leung, was unable to confirm whether a hotel would replace the restaurant.

    Leung owns four other restaurants in the Boston area and is a co-owner of the bus company Lucky Star.

    Alex Frandsen can be reached at alexander.frandsen@globe.com.