Ying’s Wings & Things on Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda, the site of several recent violent episodes, is closing later this month and moving its takeout and delivery service to a new location, owner Jimmy Ying confirmed Wednesday.
“I never thought the day would come that I would make a business decision to close my doors,” Ying said in a letter dated Wednesday and sent to various news outlets.
Ying said the decision to merge with K Cafe on Niagara Falls Boulevard stems from a long-running court battle with his landlord over monthly rent.
In the letter, he recounts each step in the two-year-long battle ending with an attempt this month to move the case out of bankruptcy court to State Supreme Court, which was denied.
But Ying has also been charged by town police with criminal nuisance five times since Sept. 14 when he started renting part of the restaurant to a promoter for Saturday night parties.
A Cheektowaga man was wounded by gunfire in November in the parking lot.
“We feel very strongly, that this ruling was made because of the criminal citations that I received for hosting the parties,” he wrote.
And, Ying was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of strangulation and misdemeanor assault against one of his employees.
Ying, who was arraigned Wednesday and posted $5,000 bail, said defense lawyer John Lavin will represent him at a felony hearing scheduled for Monday. Lavin had no comment when contacted Thursday.
K Cafe is a Korean taco restaurant run by Ying’s ex-wife, Kate Li, that opened in October. Ying said he and his brothers will help out at the new location but not have any ownership.