“The move was ambitious considering her state of health,” says Jason, who has a daughter, Josephine, with Suthon.
In Times Square, Lucky Cheng’s got a new life. People would walk by and spontaneously attend shows, many of them experiencing and learning about drag for the first time. The larger space “broadened the audience and gave [us] the opportunity to experiment more and keep ideas fresh,” Jason says.
“I made it to Broadway in my mind,” Paulina says. “When the Jersey Boys were home with their feet on the couch, Mama was working it eight shows a weekend.” She says the grittiness of the East Village and its sought-after nightlife experience “set the tone for the bawdiness that [she] continued.”
Less than two years after moving to Times Square, Suthon tragically passed away and soon after that, Jason notes, “we ultimately had to leave.” The major expansion and carrying on Suthon’s creative vision while grieving the loss was too much to handle. Sister Mary believes that the restaurant would still be in the space if Suthon were still alive today.