PLAIN TWP.: The northeast side lost a restaurant last week when Tan’s Egg Roll King ended a nearly 24-year run.

Benny Tan and Maureen Spada Tan decided to close. Their son, Bryon, has managed the restaurant at 2801 Maret Place NE for several years.

It featured a condensed menu of Chinese style meals and egg rolls. Bryon wants to spend more time with his family and pursue other career options, Maureen said. While the Tans have talked to potential buyers for the restaurant, Friday was the last day they were open.

“Man, we’re gonna miss it,” Maureen said of the closing. She called the decision bittersweet.

Benny Tan had worked as chef at the old Ben Tan’s restaurant — owned by his older brother Benjamin Tan — in Jackson Township, then as a waiter at another local restaurant. Benny and Maureen met during the late 1970s while both worked at Ben Tan’s and they married in 1980.

The couple opened the restaurant in August 1994 in a recently closed Chinese restaurant. The move came after the restaurant where Benny Tan worked also had closed, so he took a chance on operating his own place. He decided to make specialty egg rolls and other Chinese-style fare from scratch at the small location, which included a drive-up window. All three of the couple’s children have worked in the restaurants through the years.

The business — then called Benny Tan’s Wok Magic — did well. The Tans changed the name several years ago after adding the second location. A larger Toledo area chain called Magic Wok contended the restaurant’s names were too similar. Finding a new name was easier than fighting, the Tans said.

The second location, which opened in 2003 at 620 Lincoln Way E in Massillon, is now owned and operated by Kris Tan, the couple’s youngest son, and his wife, Melissa. They will remain open, so if you decide you want one of Benny Tan’s egg rolls, you still can get one by visiting his son’s location.