Noodles no More: 88 Lan Zhou Closes on October 31

Posted on: October 7th, 2020 at 5:11 am by

Photo: Sara Graham

For Chinatown favorite, 88 Lan Zhou, the brief reprieve is up. Closure is happening at month’s end. Despite a recent surge in sales and support.

“With a heavy heart, we’re announcing that our final day of operations will be October 31,” the handwritten sign at 40 Bowery reads.

The closure was also announced on Instagram – “We tried everything we could to stay afloat, but in the end, it was just too difficult to just survive in these current conditions.”

Ownership blamed the coronavirus pandemic for destroying the hand-pulled noodle business, and originally announced an August end date. However, they worked with the landlord of 40 Bowery to remain for these intervening months. The local group Send Chinatown Love reported that the restaurant had been a one-woman operation of late, with an outstanding rent balance dating back to February.

Meanwhile, dumplings will be sold until the bitter end. So, it’s probably wise to start stockpiling. Winter is coming.

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With a heavy heart, we are announcing that our final day of operations will be Oct 31st, 2020. We tried everything we could to stay afloat, but in the end, it was just too difficult to just survive in these current conditions. For the rest of October, we’ll continue to sell frozen dumplings and sauces to go from our shop at 40 Bowery. (We will not be able to ship or deliver the dumplings or sauces.) We would love to thank our loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years and everyone who has visited our shop. And a tremendous thanks to @sendchinatownlove and @welcome.to.chinatown for everything they’ve done for us. We really appreciate it! Please support these organizations because they are doing a wonderful thing to help save small businesses in Chinatown. We don’t know if we’ll ever be back, but stay tuned to our IG for the latest updates. Thanks again to everyone for your love and support. 🙏🏻❤️ @88lanzhou

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