Pop Chin, the founder of the popular restaurant in Wheeling, has died at the age of 99

Popcin, a longtime restaurant chain compiler in Wheeling, has died at the age of 99, becoming one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the country as he has won local and national recognition and countless fans. Friday.

“Today we lost a legend,” Bob Chin’s Crop House posted on its Facebook page. “We solemnly announce the passing of our only fearless leader, our friend, our family member – only one Bob Chin.”

“Knowing him is to love him, and he is known by many. Greater personality and famous taste buds than his life gave us 99 wonderful year of excitement, novelty and countless smiles.”

The restaurant management recommended inquiries to Chin’s family, which has not yet commented.

Chin was 59 years old and an experienced businessman and restaurant when he and his daughter Marilyn Ledorno opened an upcoming restaurant to define her heritage.

The goal was better: to run a seafood restaurant thousands of miles away from where the best fresh seafood is caught.

After about 4 years of planning and development, the restaurant opened two days before Christmas in 1982 and became a favorite with restaurant diners. Its 175 seats grew to 650 seats in a few years. Now it has 800 seats, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.


Sin said he wanted to attract customers from the city and the northern suburbs, but chose Wheeling for his restaurant without paying North Shore real estate prices.

While customer favorites like garlic rolls and mayo dice are always available, much of the menu changes based on seafood from Alaska, Hawaii or more. Restaurant staff pick up seafood several times a day from O’Hare International Airport.

Crop House claims to employ at least a few hundred people. When Forbes declared Pope Sin’s the highest-grossing restaurant in the country in 2012, after estimating it grossed $ 24 million a year, not just in liquor sales, the restaurant has been on the impressive list for years.

Sin told the Daily Herald after the Forbes piece, “As a small businessman, I’m very excited to have such recognition.

Chin explained the success of the restaurant up to the basics: very reasonable prices, fantastic food and excellent, friendly service.

Chin was born on March 2, 1923, in Toulouse, Minnesota, the third of seven children, according to a profile on Bob Chin’s website. His parents, Wai and Yung Shi Aung Chin, emigrated from Toyshan, a city near Macau in southeastern China. His parents ran a restaurant in Chicago, and the family lived in two blocks from Wrigley Field, which sparked the kids’ interest throughout Bob’s life.

Some businesses start with a spark of inspiration. In the case of Chin, that spark is a real fire. He opened his first restaurant, The Golden Pagoda, in Evanston, using equipment his parents sold him after their restaurant was damaged in a fire, according to Popcin’s website.

Many restaurants have followed him for decades, but nothing compliments him as much as his named Crab House.

The restaurant’s Facebook post announcing the news generated hundreds of comments, such as “He never failed to make us feel like guests in his own home” and “We’ve been going to Pop Chin for decades”. Many said that Chin always greeted them with a smile and that they gave events like how he gave free mimosas to people waiting in line.

Former employees also commented.

“I spent 9 years in Chinn’s and made some dear friends there,” Lisa Langfeldt posted. “You can always learn something from the pop.”

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