SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In what is likely an unprecedented move, the owners of the local Chinese restaurants in Scotch Plains and Fanwood got together and mutually decided to close for two weeks (and possibly longer) as they monitor the Coronavirus situation. 

Sue Lin, the owner of No. 1 Chinese Kitchen on East Second Street in Scotch Plains, said that business has been down for all the local businesses. The restaurant owner posted notice about the closing in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Neighbors Facebook page.

Hello everyone,
I have been discussing with many Chinese Restaurants, we all decided to close on Monday until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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To Our Valued Guests:

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, we are temporarily closing our restaurant beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. The health and safety of guests and our team members are a top priority as we take these extra precautions.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and re-open when appropriate.

Please continue to check our website for updates. Our website is
www.no1scotchplains.com Additional questions can be directed to NO. 1 Chinese Food on Facebook.

Take care,
NO. 1 Restaurant

"People are scared. They are scared, and they are not coming," the owner told TAPintoSPF on Saturday evening, a time when the restaurant is usually bustling. "We all met here and agreed that the Chinese restaurants in Scotch Plains and Fanwood will close Monday for two weeks and then see what is happening before opening again."

Lin has been keeping track of what's been happening in her native country and said that things are contained there, but it took two months of closing things down in order to contain the virus. She didn't know how long things would take to get back to normal in the United States. 

At Main Star Chinese on Park Ave. across from the Scotch Plains Municipal Building, owner Ben Lin said his business was down 70%.

"When we got the message that the schools are closing, we knew something is going on. Why close down the schools if there is no problem," he said. "We are concerned about our customers and our staff. We will follow what the schools do; when they come back, we will open again."

According to Mr. Lin, the Chinese restaurants in the area that have collectively agree to shut down are:

  • No. 1 Chinese Kitchen (Scotch Plains - Second St.)
  • Main Star (Scotch Plains - Park Ave.)
  • Hung's Shanghai (Scotch Plains - Park Ave.)
  • China House (Scotch Plains - Route 22)
  • China Moon (Fanwood - South Ave.)

The restaurants have posted notices on their windows to inform their customers about the closings. Thus far, these seem to be the only local businesses that have publicly announced that they will curtail operations during the Coronavirus situation.

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