Popular NY Restaurant Shuts Its Doors, Blames ‘Suffocating’ Gov’t Regs

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A popular New York City restaurant is closing its doors after 25 years because of what the owners call a stifling regulatory environment that treats the restaurant as a “cash machine.”

China Fun, a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, announced its Jan. 3 closure because of increases in minimum wage and a city atmosphere that treats “mom-and-pop” eateries like cash cows to pay for all the ills of society, Albert Wu, told reporters. Wu is a representative of China Fun.

“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,” read a letter posted by the owners in the Chinese restaurant’s front door.

Wu, whose parents Dorothea and Felix have owned the eatery since its inception two decades ago, said the city’s endless amount of paperwork have taken their toll over the years and finally led to the restaurant’s closure.

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

He cited one New York City regulation requiring China Fun to provide an on-site break room for workers despite its limited space as just one of the rules that helped kill the restaurant. The state and city government “seems to believe that we should be their cash machine to pay for all that ails us in society,” Wu added.

Adele Malpass, who chairs the Manhattan Republican Party, said Wu’s complaints are common among the city’s small business owners.

“For smaller businesses like China Fun, each little thing that occurs makes it harder,” Malpass said. “Each regulation, each tax — you put it all together and it’s just a hostile business environment.”

China Fun’s closure comes as New York-based businesses wrestle with minimum wage laws that are quickly becoming the highest in the country.

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    Amber

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    Mr.Wu is right many cities are run by left socialists that hate private business and could care less if they go broke . The poster child is the City of Vancouver that overnight will slam a bike lane in front of storefront businesses and hotels .
    If we continue to hollow out manufacturing and run off small businesses we are setting the stage for a civil earthquake and it won’t be caused by the mann made up global warning hoax .
    As Mr. Wu can probably attest it is challenging enough to last as long as they did without government bureaucrats with their cozy gold plated benefits pulling you down .

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