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  • In the wake of COVID-19, the entire restaurant industry has struggled.

  • But chinatown businesses have taken a particularly hard hit in the last few weeks.

  • They've seen a significant drop in customers of foot traffic.

  • Many are now struggling to survive.

  • I wondered how much of this have to do with anxiety about being around anyone chinese and what kind of toll it has taken on the community.

  • Before restaurants were mandated to be takeout and delivery only.

  • I decided to visit some of my favorite places to see how business is going.

  • This is one of my favorite chinese restaurants in chinatown and I basically have the restaurant myself.

  • Now I come here quite often I order from this place all the time.

  • Okay.

  • Uh huh negotiator, Yeah, A place like this.

  • Even if it has to close temporarily, it would be devastating.

  • There's just a sense that your reality has been inexorably altered in this way and that's really frightening.

  • I do kind of feel like this is my hood.

  • I mean I eat almost exclusively asian food.

  • So I and I live in Harlem, which means that I have to do my grocery shopping and get my take out here.

  • I do feel like a real sense of kinship.

  • I would be really upset if any of these places couldn't stay open.

  • I'm also doing some um bunker shopping myself.

  • So I'm buying stuff that can last for at least a year because chinese internet, that's what people are buying, like meat that can last for at least a year Because business has been so bad at this counter.

  • This is their last day of opening this counter and this is the very last 40 minutes.

  • uh yeah, you can quit how I felt.

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, Then open the love and half of those, wow, I'm not a young man.

  • So we all three of you and your mail tourists nail your colors.

  • Uh okay.

In the wake of COVID-19, the entire restaurant industry has struggled.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/06/16
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