Popular Manhattan Chinese Food Restaurant Closes Blaming Punishing Government Regulations

Albert Wu, the son of China Fun’s owners, said the small business was impossible to maintain under a mountain of bureaucratic regulations. (HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Albert Wu, the son of China Fun’s owners, said the small business was impossible to maintain under a mountain of bureaucratic regulations. (HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

For 25 years, China Fun was renowned for its peerless soup dumplings and piquant General Tso’s chicken.

What left a bad taste in the mouths of its owners and loyal patrons was the restaurant’s sudden Jan. 3 closing, blamed by management on suffocating government demands.

“The climate for small businesses like ours in New York have become such that it’s difficult to justify taking risks and running — nevermind starting — a legitimate mom-and-pop business,” read a letter posted by the owners in the restaurant’s front door.

“The state and municipal governments, with their punishing rules and regulations, seems to believe that we should be their cash machine to pay for all that ails us in society.”

The Second Ave. restaurant became a beloved local mainstay, with customers bemoaning its unexpected disappearance. The Daily News hailed the soup dumplings as the best on the Upper East Side in 2015.

“So sad to learn @ChinaFunNYC closed,” tweeted fitness blogger Amanda Lauren. “I grew up on the UES and it was my fav Chinese restaurant. Pouring out a green tea for you, China Fun.”

Albert Wu, whose parents Dorothea and Felix owned the eatery, said the endless paperwork and constant regulation that forced the shutdown accumulated over the years.

“When we started out in 1991, the lunch special was $4 a plate,” he recalled. “Now it’s $10, $12. The cost of doing business is just too onerous.”

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SOURCE: LARRY MCSHANE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS