Burglars Hit ‘Fong On’ Tofu Shop, Steal the Cash Register
Chinatown’s iconic tofu shop, Fong On, was robbed early yesterday morning by three thieves, police said.
Shortly after midnight, two unidentified perps stood watch outside 81 Division Street while the third purportedly entered the premises by picking the lock. He made off with the cash register which had approximately $300 in the till.
With bounty, they fled westbound on Division Street toward Forsyth.
Chinatown businesses have suffered losses for well over a year, with many neighborhood favorites closing their doors forever. This latest incident just adds insult to injury.
Fong On is one of the longest running family-owned tofu shops in the country. It began life in the basement of 43 Mott Street back in 1933. Three decades later, the area staple moved a few doors north to 46 Mott, where it served until January 2017. (Along the way, the name changed to Fong Inn Too.)
The business revived at 81 Division in 2019 to much acclaim, yet not before warding off an imposter in the Mott Street space who claimed a connection to the original.