Joy Luck Palace Closes to Public in the Face of Declining Business
Barely two years into operations, major changes are coming to Joy Luck Palace on Mott Street.
Starting February 1, the dim sum emporium will cease all walk-in business, and will instead focus on being a banquet hall for special events.
Some area residents speculate that a loss of overall tourism and foot traffic in Chinatown may have caused a reduction in the bottom line. Either way, the transformation to solely offer private events and catering is a big loss for Chinatown, as the Joy Luck Palace is often considered one of the best dim sum spots in the neighborhood.
A bilingual letter posted to the front of 98 Mott Street announces the news:
To all who may concern,
Because of the difficulties faced by the present restaurant, it is necessary to make adjustments to the existing business models and practices so as to avoid being eliminated by the market. In order to survive, the Board of Directors of Joy Luck Palace Restaurant, after careful consideration have come to a decision:
Starting February 1, 2018, there shall be no more morning tea (dim sum), nor walk-in dinner. Instead, the restaurant will be transformed into a banquet center for association parties, commercial or private parties only, as well as a settling for wedding parties (celebration) and dim sum catering!
We sincerely hope that all of our friends and customers continue to give us strong support!
Joy Luck Palace Restaurant’s Board of Directors expresses its heartfelt gratitude to all the residents in the neighborhood!
Joy Luck Palace opened at 98 Mott Street in January 2016, adding itself to the lengthy list of prior dim sum parlors that likewise served here.