Hot on the heels of Aloi closing its doors, Taste of Asia on Elm Street followed suit and ended its 23-year run in New Canaan. Owners Wayne and Sandy Chan have decided to shut down the restaurant, not because it was not doing well, but simply because they want to relax.

"We are finally looking to retire," Wanye Chan said. "After 23 years of serving New Canaan we want some more time to spend with our grandchildren."

Chan sold his lease to the nationally acclaimed Chef Brian Lewis, who will open up a new restaurant in the same space.

"He is a very famous chef," Chan said. "He will bring good things to New Canaan."

The restaurant was called Magic Wok when it first opened in 1988 Chan said. It was not until 1991 that the store changed the name to Taste of Asia.

"The restaurant was successful," Tucker Murphy, director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, said. "They would have continued doing well but they saw an opportunity with Brian Lewis taking over the lease and decided to retire."

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Chan lives in Wilton and is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

"After working seven days a week for more than 20 years, it was time to take a break," he said with a laugh.

Chan said customers who have purchased gift certificates can contact him at 203-984-8686 for a full refund.