The owners acknowledged several staff had worked at Marigold for more than three decades.

“We have been very privileged to have served Sydneysiders and visitors from interstate and overseas, many of whom have become our friends,” its website states.

“The children and grandchildren of our customers have grown up with us and held their milestone celebrations in the restaurant. We have also served corporations and community associations, witnessing their achievements.

“We express our heartfelt gratitude to our customers for your support, especially messages of encouragement received during the pandemic.”

More than 50,000 people have checked in at the restaurant, according to its Facebook page, among the stream of Sydneysiders to have filled its hundreds of red seats in almost 40 years.

The restaurant during Chinese New Year celebrations in 2014.

The restaurant during Chinese New Year celebrations in 2014. Credit:Louise Kennerley

Nearby Golden Century Seafood Restaurant, famous for its pipis and XO sauce, went into administration in August with the owners also blaming the ongoing impact of lockdowns and a lease dispute.

But Good Food reported creditors voted in September to save the iconic three-storey restaurant from closure, striking a multimillion-dollar deal partly funded by sale of its extensive wine collection.

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