What’s happening to the Jade Palace restaurant?

December 31, 2017 GMT

Question from a reader: “Can you tell what is going in the old Jade Palace on West Seventh Avenue near Blair Boulevard? They are remodeling and it sure would be nice if it was another Chinese place like it.”

Answer: Sorry to disappoint, but there will be no Chinese food revival at the 906 W. Seventh Ave. restaurant building west of downtown Eugene. Perhaps some Indian food would hit the spot instead?

The Seventh Avenue location, with its distinctive green-tipped roof, was purchased in July by Meerali and Usha Shaik, owners of Evergreen Indian Cuisine on Franklin Boulevard. The Shaiks paid $784,100 for the building, according to a deed filed in Lane County.

The Shaiks didn’t return a message seeking comment about their timeline to open in the former Jade Palace location.

They’ve been renovating the building since September and still must complete some electrical work and repairs to the building’s foundation before moving in, Eugene building permit records show.


The Shaiks soon will have to close the Franklin Boulevard restaurant to make way for the University of Oregon’s $1 billion Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, which will cover the Evergreen property and several other buildings north of Franklin Boulevard between Riverfront Parkway and Onyx Street.

Construction could start in early 2018.

Evergreen has leased the 2,800-square-foot restaurant building from the UO for about a decade.

Jade Palace operated out of the Seventh Avenue building for 33 years and attracted a base of loyal customers.

Owners Morales and Ken Chan leased the former fried chicken restaurant in 1984, and bought it in 1990 for $120,000.

But the couple decided to retire this year and closed the restaurant’s doors in late June.