Jing Fong Supporters Rally to Reopen, Boycott Landlord’s Other Businesses
In the wake of Jing Fong closing, pressure mounts against Jonathan Chu, landlord of the former Chinatown eatery, to reopen the dining room.
Handbills are now taped to surfaces in the vicinity of 20 Elizabeth Street, announcing a rally today, and calling for a boycott of Chu’s other businesses. As the poster attests, his family is also one of the largest landlords in the neighborhood, with businesses like Hotel 50 Bowery, Eastbank, and the Museum of Chinese in America.
The rally is at noon today outside Eastbank on Centre Street.
For its part, the Chu family maintains their generosity to the restaurant during the pandemic. Citing their willingness to work with Jing Fong – the restaurant had not paid rent for a year – and how the restaurant ceased because ownership felt it was no longer sustainable.
Jing Fong, a neighborhood staple for the last 43 years, folded under the financial pressures of COVID-19, and the ongoing ban on indoor dining. The lack of government action to help small businesses didn’t help, either.
Meanwhile, demolition and subdivision of the massive space is underway.