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Convoy’s Fire-Shuttered China Max Reopening as New Chinese Restaurant

Its return is slated for Spring 2024

The former China Max Seafood Restaurant burned in an accidental fire.
China Max Seafood Restaurant before the fire.
China Max

A new Chinese restaurant is set to emerge from the former China Max space in the Convoy Pointe Plaza Shopping Center by Spring 2024. Specializing in dim sum, seafood, and other Cantonese specialties, China Max was one of the first Chinese restaurants in the area, serving San Diego from 1983 until April 2020, when it was destroyed in a fire that caused an estimated $4.5 million in damages.

Although owner Cindy Woo initially intended to rebuild and reopen the restaurant, she and her husband ultimately sold the business to a team of owners that includes one of the proprietors of the recently-opened Kanpai BBQ & Shabu and nearby Cantonese restaurant Taste of Hong Kong, where a chef and several staff members from China Max are currently working.

The team tells Eater that they’re in the process of looking for a chef to lead the new Chinese restaurant’s kitchen. Its food focus is still developing, but options include Szechuan cuisine, a noodle house, or dim sum and a Cantonese menu similar to China Max.

Other neighboring businesses in the strip mall were also shuttered by the 2020 fire including YiFang Fruit Tea and Tasty Pot, a Taiwanese hot pot restaurant that still has branches in Mira Mesa and Oceanside. The franchise owners who run Tasty Pot in Mira Mesa tell Eater that they may reopen an outpost in the Convoy District center once repairs are complete but there’s no word yet if YiFang Fruit Tea will return as well.