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Movers & Shakers: New West restaurant gets a new name and locals get awards

Why is Hon’s in New West now called Han Lin Noodle House?
Starting this month, Hon’s Wun-Tun House in New West is now known as the Han Lin Noodle House.

Same food, new name.

A stalwart on New Westminster’s dining scene, Hon’s Wun-Tun House has a new name. Starting this month, the eatery at 418 Sixth St. is now known as the Han Lin Noodle House.

“All of us at Hon’s want to thank the generations of customers who have honored our doorway since the 1980s. If this sounds like a farewell announcement, we assure you it is not. However, we are changing our name in March 2022,” said a notice to customers. “The name Hon’s will go into history, but our doors will continue to open under the name Han Lin Noodle House.”

According to the notice, Hon’s New Westminster is independently owned but it has leased the Hon’s name from the original company since 2011.

“Now the owner of the parent company wishes to take back the name for a change of ‘food to go’ outlets opening in Vancouver,” said the notice. “We wish Hon’s the very best in this venture, and we will miss the familiar Hon’s name on our awning.”

While the restaurant’s name has changed, its staff and menu (including its pot stickers and noodles) will remain. Founded by Hon Ip in the 1970s, the restaurant expanded to seven locations across the Lower Mainland by 2011 – including the New Westminster location.

“After nearly four decades in business, Mr. Ip’s family partially retired, shutting down all the old Hon’s restaurants. In 2010, Hon’s employees got together to create our independent New Westminster restaurant,” explained the notice. “Thanks to wonderful customers, we have increased the enormous goodwill associated with the Hon’s brand.”

New West resident enters hall of fame

A New Westminster man is one of 10 people who’ve been inducted into Canada's Marketing, Advertising, PR and Communications Hall of Fame for 2022.

Daniel Fontaine, who is currently working as the deputy minister/CEO at Métis Nation British Columbia, said he’s honoured to be included in the hall of fame.

“Our search for the 2022 Canadian Marketing, Advertising, Communication and PR Hall of Fame inductees is complete,” said a notice about this year’s inductees. “The individuals on our final list have played a meaningful role in making Canadian contributions not only stand out but stand up in these challenging times. Beyond that, their career-long breakthroughs have paved the way for the industry we know today. It is through their guidance that we continue to grow our space.”

Kruger recognized

One of New Westminster’s largest employers has been recognized for its efforts to save energy.

Kruger Products L.P was one of 11 organizations recognized by FortisBC Inc. at its annual Efficiency in Action Awards for its commitment to energy savings and for completing energy efficiency upgrades at its New Westminster facility.

“One of our goals was to reduce energy use so we looked at potential opportunities by working closely with our internal teams and with external experts to determine the best way to improve the energy efficiency within our manufacturing processes,” Regina Miller, senior project engineer at Kruger Products L.P, said in a press release. “We’ve worked with FortisBC on various energy-efficiency projects, and this project alone we’ve lowered our natural gas use significantly and received rebates to help offset the upfront costs.”

According to FortisBC, Kruger Products L.P. received the 2021 Efficiency in Action award in the Industrial category for its commitment to reducing energy and emissions through the installation of high-efficiency equipment and performing a feasibility study for operations at its New West plant. Since 2012, the company has worked with FortisBC on a number of energy efficiency projects in an effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030.

“It’s inspiring to see such a variety of organizations – from a school district to a Canadian Forces military base – find innovative ways to integrate energy efficiency into their building upgrades and demonstrate the many positive outcomes,” said Carol Suhan, manager, community programs, conservation and energy management at FortisBC.

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