The Oconomowoc Common Council approved an offer to purchase Fong’s
Garden Chinese restaurant, 109 E. Main St., from owner Tommy Lin at
its regular meeting on Tuesday.
The council discussed the offer in a closed-session meeting on June
17. According to a memo sent to the council by Director of Economic
Development Bob Duffy on June 25, the city received an offer from
Lin’s lawyer stating that Lin would accept $1.2 million for the
property and business.
Duffy wrote that the city has conducted appraisals of the property’s
real estate and business values. He said an offer of $525,000 is
The council approved the offer in the meeting’s consent agenda on
Tuesday. Consent agenda items are used to pass several items at
once, often housekeeping items. There was no discussion of the
Fong’s Garden offer.
Mayor Jim Daley said it is the first formal offer to Lin since
negotiations on the property stalled last year.
In October, Lin was charged with possessing child pornography, but
those charges were dropped this month after Lin’s lawyer argued
successfully that the Oconomowoc Police Department’s search warrant
was not properly executed and therefore the evidence collected was
Daley said the city “looks forward to Mr. Lin’s response” and he
hopes the property can be acquired to complete a downtown park
called the Village Green.
Lin has 10 days from the date he receives the offer to accept or