R.I.P.: Stanton's City Bites Main Man Art Fong Has Passed Away

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Photos courtesy of Stanton's City Bites
Art Fong passed away on March 5.
On his way to work at Stanton's City Bites the morning of February 19, where he'd manned the front counter for over 30 years, Arthur Fong suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke. Fong -- known as "Art" to his friends and family -- lingered in the intensive care unit until March 5, when he passed away. Fong leaves behind a wife, Theresa, and two children, Jonathan and Samantha.

He also leaves behind a legacy of smiles and speedy service, where guests waiting for the burger inside the odd little convenience store at the corner of Houston and Edwards would often hear Fong's signature phrase ringing out: "It's not a problem!" No matter your order, Fong was always kind and always accommodating.

Over the years, Fong and the big, beefy, juicy, half-pound burgers that Stanton's turned out made the old white house a destination. Its burgers have been recognized everywhere from national food blogs such as Serious Eats to Travel Channel's upcoming show Burger Land, and won Houston Press Best of Houston® awards for Best Burger in 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Sadly, this legacy is not all that Fong leaves behind with his death.

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Fong and family with Burger Land host George Motz, center.
Due to the extended stay in the ICU, Fong's family has been left with a tremendous amount of medical bills. To defray some of those bills as well as the funeral expenses, the family has set up a YouCaring page where fans and friends of Stanton's can donate to the Art Fong fund.

In the few short hours that the YouCaring page has been active, the family has raised $2,215 of its $185,000 goal, with 301 days left to go. Fans have also been leaving tributes in pictures and words on Fong's Facebook page, which has been transformed into a memorial site.

"I only met Art once, spent four hours with him the day we filmed for Burger Land, and I felt like I had known him forever," wrote George Motz, host of Burger Land and author of Hamburger America. "Art will be missed."



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Location Info

Stanton's City Bites

1420 Edwards St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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sangsam111
sangsam111

sad that he passed ,, but this is a harsh lesson we can all learn from...  no wonder he had  a "massive stroke"  ,,  u can't live on just eating  artery clogging  but delicious burgers...  its  slowly killing  urself  for the sake of immediate gratification..    How is this so very different from  doing  hard  drugs  ...  its  irresponsible  and  stupid....  His family now has to suffer  from  his careless thoughtless  habit...  grrrrrrrrrr,,  and they have been  making  money  by  selling  this  delicious but murdering  food  to the public for  10 years ,,,  Y do they need donations  from  U on top of that...  Watta  messed up family !!!!!   grrrrrrrr 

sangsam111
sangsam111

sad that he passed ,, but this is a harsh lesson we can all learn from...  no wonder he had  a "massive stroke"  ,,  u can't live on just eating  artery clogging  but delicious burgers...  its  slowly killing  urself  for the sake of immediate gratification..    How is this so very different from  doing  hard  drugs  ...  its  irresponsible  and  stupid....  His family now has to suffer  from  his careless thoughtless  habit...  grrrrrrrrrr,,  and they have been  making  money  by  selling  this  delicious but murdering  food  to the public for  10 years ,,,  Y do they need donations  from  U on top of that...  Watta  messed up family !!!!!   grrrrrrrr 

heartcutter92
heartcutter92

gee,  I wonder how many  hamburgers this guy provided without paying?   But,  no prob running 185k worth of health care without HEALTH INSURANCE

jeeterbug
jeeterbug

nice article!  sad to hear.  he will definitely be missed.  we hadn't been customers very long, but he always treated us like we were regulars & was such a nice guy!  thoughts are definitely w/his wife & kids!

bobbydigi
bobbydigi

RIP Art. Great Guy. Very sad.

texme0
texme0

There are very few people in the world I wish could live forever, Mr. Art is one of those people.

entroposloc
entroposloc

Best turkey burger I've ever had - eating it now. 

LunaRockStar
LunaRockStar

Thanks again for covering the story and sharing the fundraiser! Houston Press, you're awesome. :)

entroposloc
entroposloc

Thank you Katharine and HP for the good words and for sharing the news of the fundraiser. 
I've donated and now tonight I'm going to have another wonderful meal thanks to Art and Theresa. 


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