Jing Fong Waiters Urge Landlord to Reinstate Dining Room
The restaurant will continue operating as a ghost kitchen to fulfill orders for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on its patio. They’re reportedly on a month-to-month lease.
“With our drastic decline in sales and mounting losses sustained over the course of a year, we needed to make the tough call to close our indoor dining space and redirect our resources in hopes to continue our operations,” third-generation owner and manager Truman Lam told Eater.
Laid-off waiters, meanwhile, all members of the 318 Restaurant Workers Union, oppose the decision by Jing Fong to permanently close its banquet hall, and urges landlord Jonathan Chu to engage both the eatery and the union to reopen.
Chu is one of the largest landlords in Chinatown, with a portfolio that includes the hotel at 50 Bowery and the Eastbank financial institution. He’s also the co-chair of the board of directors of the Museum of Chinese in America.
The displaced workers are holding a rally on March 2 to “denounce the closure and demand that the landlord agree to reopen the dining room at Jing Fong.”
Jing Fong opened in 1978 but moved to its current location at 20 Elizabeth Street in 1992. The four-year-old Upper West Side outpost is unaffected by this change.