Purported Rent Hike Pushes Chinatown’s ‘Sing Kee’ Out of Business
The well-regarded Chinatown restaurant, Sing Kee Seafood, just went bust.
Sing Kee served a family-style menu of traditional Cantonese comfort food. But it closed down for good in mid-September after roughly seven years on the Bowery. No announcement to patrons, just shuttered gates during business hours.
The closure is reportedly another instance of a rent hike forcing out a popular commercial business. In this case, we’re told that ownership decided that the increase was too much to handle.
Sing Kee first opened at 42 Bowery back in December 2011, and was an instant homage to the late Shing Kee which once upon a time held court in Chinatown during the 1990s.