Jing Fong to Downsize with 125-Seat Chinatown Eatery

Posted on: April 30th, 2021 at 5:02 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

Jing Fong will rebound in Chinatown later this spring, albeit on a much smaller scale.

The downsized comeback – first reported by the New York Post this week – is described as a 125-seat restaurant at an undisclosed address in the neighborhood. Of course, this is a fraction of the footprint of its Elizabeth Street banquet hall, and smaller than the occupancy when it was founded 43 years ago.

The once-thriving food hall closes for good on May 31, according to Claudia Leo, Jing Fong’s marketing director, capping a year of pandemic struggle. Its new locale should open sometime in late-June.

“The larger space was unsustainable. We finally gave up,” Leo told the rag. “Chinatown relies on tourism. Without it, none of the restaurants can sustain themselves,” Leo added.

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