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Jade Billows Closes Doors For Good

"I have one life to live. I want my life to be colorful, not only restaurants," owner Richie Lee said.

By the close of business hours Wednesday, a Cabin John institution will be closing its doors for good.

After more than 20 years in business, the owners of the popular say they're ready to close up shop. The restaurant will remain open Wednesday through regular business hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"Twenty years here, it feels like a mission accomplished," said owner Richie Lee. Despite community rumors of high costs pushing the restaurant out of business, Lee said it's really just a matter of not wanting to run the business anymore.

"I have one life to live," Lee said. "I want my life to be colorful, not only restaurants."

Jade Billows is a popular restaurant for locals, continually receiving high praise among diners. Yelp and Urbanspoon reviews give the restaurant four and five star ratings, describing the food as fresh and flavorful, if a little pricey.

"My family has been eating here as long as I can remember. Hands down, my favorite Chinese restaurant," said one Yelp reviewer. "I have never branched out on the menu and been disappointed." 

Lee says he and his wife, co-owner Lily Wong, plan to take a long vacation after turning off the restaurant lights for the last time.

Jimmy Lien August 14, 2012 at 03:16 PM
It is sad that Jade Billows closed, but sinced i recently moved to the columbia area i have found that the fourth sibling; the youngest son opened up Red Pearl restaurant across the columbia mall. Food was great with a more extensive menu, including authentic dim sum, cantonese, and szechuan food. If anyone is in the columbia area,stop by to try Red Pearl where you are still able to enjoy the food of Far East and Jade Billows.
John September 01, 2012 at 11:03 PM
We will miss Jade Billows. It was our favorite restaurant in this area. The food was always excellent and the service kind and good. I am sad to see Jade Billows close. I will miss them.
Maria September 09, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I came back from vacation and saw the restaurant closed. I'm really truly saddened, my family teases me constantly because I'm always talking about how I can't believe they did this to me. I wish Richie and family all the best. He is the sweetest man and always remembered how much I loved extra chili oil with my order. He also always made sure to ask about every member of my family. I will really miss Jade Billows and Richie. Hopefully we can convince them to come back soon!!
Michael September 13, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Sorry to say but my friends and I had noticed that Ritchie was getting more and more snarky and irritated with customers. I went there for ten years twice a week. The food was always awesome but the truth is, Ritchie started turning people off. I think it's true, it was time for him to move on. Shame, it was great food.
dcr20854 December 30, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Sadly, I can now report that Jade Billows's replacement, China Jade Bistro, isn't very good. My first visit I had hot and sour soup, always excellent at Jade Billows, and the broth was weak and watery. They have only one kind of meat in the dumplings, suggesting that they're not made at the restaurant. Next visit I had ma po tofu, and it was unlike any I've ever seen. Best advice--just stay away from this place. I'm sorry, they just don't measure up. It's sad that we went from such a good Chinese restaurant to such a poor one.

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