Beloved owner of Lucky Palace Chinese restaurant dies after battle with bone cancer

Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 4:31 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - The community is remembering and recognizing someone who had quite the impact on Shreveport-Bossier: a restaurateur that many people grew close enough with to consider family.

The community is remembering and recognizing someone who had quite the impact on Shreveport-Bossier.

That man is Kuan Lim, globally renowned owner of the Lucky Palace in Bossier City. Twenty-five years ago, Lim started his journey, spending years integrating himself into the hearts of his loyal customers. He fell ill from bone cancer in 2016, and passed away in early October.

“We will be missing him, I mean, for the rest of my days. Anytime I drink wine, it’ll be hard not to think of Lim. I toasted his memory last night with a very nice bottle of champagne that I know would’ve made him very happy. I bet many other people in the community were. He really did bring community together,” said Angie White, a longtime patron.

Lim was nationally recognized for his intensive knowledge and expertise in wine. His passing is saddening and highly impactful to many in the community.

“I was honored to be his friend. I think that there are thousands of others that would say the same thing and he was so humbled for all the recognition he received and the fans that he had from the global wine-making community,” said White.

His love, loyalty and legacy will continue to live on through the people he calls his extended family.

“Lim was very unique, and you can tell that by the outpouring of love and affection that’s been expressed over these past few days since he’s passed,” said White.

Friends and family will gather the week of Oct. 10 to remember Lim. His long-time partner says the industry has lost a knowledgeable and caring person.

Lim’s manager for 25 years, Holly Lim, says his death has been hard for her.

“Lim’s love for wine grew greater through the years. Lim was the most loving, loyal person you will ever meet in your life, very great to his employees. When Lim loved, he loved hard,” she said.

Lim’s toasting and a celebration of his life will be open to all of his friends. It will be held Oct. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lucky Palace in Bossier City.