Hong Ting Wong stands out in that wonderfully local type: the artist-restaurateur. A student of Charles Hawthorne, he ran the Cape Cod Tea Garden, 327 Commercial; Wong’s Cozy Den Coffee Shop, 347 Commercial; and then, on returning from World War II in 1945, he opened Wong’s Restaurant here, working with Jimmy Perry and Gilbert Livesey. At a time when “Chinese” meant chow mein, Wong served more authentic cuisine. Lenore Ross followed with the Ho Hum Chinese-American Restaurant of the ’60s, which soon became the Plain & Fancy. She hired Pat Shultz as a cook. “Two days later we fell in love,” Ross recalled many years later. They operated Plain & Fancy until 1975. The Purple Feather Cafe & Treatery is the outgrowth of Ann and Peter Okun’s Broken Wheel Farm chocolate and gift store in Dracut, Mass. For the record, the bear’s name is Furple.
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