On a Monday afternoon, Mary Chin sits in the back corner booth of Chin’s Café, her coiffed silver hair bright against the orange vinyl. It’s been two weeks since her husband Ben Chin died on May 20 at the age of 97. Beside her sit her sons Ben Chin Jr. and Don Chin. Mary’s niece (and a frequent Journal contributor) Wendy Chan leans on one elbow across the table.
The Chin family still owns the building but it’s been nearly two decades since she and Ben Chin Sr. ran the Chinese restaurant and adjacent hotel on Broadway in Eureka. But from