When diners arrived at their favorite Chinese restaurant, China Fun had a long note on the door.China Fun has been a fixture in Manhattan for over 25 years and according to their note, the restaurant was closed for good and the owner didn’t hold back on who was responsible, politicians and regulations.
Here is the text of the note posted by the owner of China Fun:
China Fun has closed after 25 years in business. We want to thank all of our loyal customers who have been with us — whether for a day or for generations. It has been a great run serving you our delicious soup dumplings, scallion pancakes and General T’sao Chicken, but the climate for small businesses like ours in New York have become such that it’s difficult to justify taking risks and running — never mind starting — a legitimate ‘mom-and-pop’ business.
The state and municipal governments, with their punishing rules and regulations, seem to believe that we should be their cash machine to pay for all that ails us in society, even though we suffer just like everyone else from an economy in flux.
Our only wish for 2017 and beyond is for our career lawmakers and politicians, local and national alike, to take a mandatory ‘Undercover Boss’ challenge and live in the shoes of a small business owner for a week. Maybe then they will better understand the economically stifling environment they have created, and, dare we say, change their ways for the betterment of everyone, and not just pander to the populace that garner the most votes?
Happy New Year Everyone!”
So, what do you do if you are in New York and get a craving for Chinese? Get in a cab and tell the driver you want to go to Wo Hop in Chinatown. Chances are he will know exactly where to go. If he doesn’t have him take you to Chatham Square and walk up Mott Street, #17. Try to go directly into the basement. The ambiance really sucks but the service is great. It’s worth the trip.