SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Since they closed on March 15, fans of Chinese food in Scotch Plains and Fanwood have had two choices: go without it or find another place outside of town. Now, they no longer have to make that choice as most of the Chinese restaurants returned to operation after a 6-week hiatus.

The Township of Scotch Plains planned a makeshift Chinese buffet by ordering from the two restaurants in downtown -- No. 1 Chinese Kitchen on East Second St. and Hung's Shanghai Restaurant on Park Ave. -- and putting out a spread in the Municipal Building's large second floor conference room. 

Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, and Councilman Ted Spera showed up just before Noon at No. 1 Chinese, where owner Sue Lin moved the front counter to the door and now accepts money through a slot and puts the food through a door for east takeout pickup. 

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"I mentioned that when you closed, I wished I had known and could have done more," Mayor Smith told Sue Lin, owner of No. 1 Chinese. "We are glad you are back and we will do what we can to help you get the business back."

Scotch Plains Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe picked up food from Hung's Shanghai Restaurant, which also is doing take out only and blocked off entrance to the restaurant. 

"I'm so glad that so many of our restaurants are opening up again for takeout service," said Deputy Manager Heisey.

In Fanwood, Mayor Colleen Mahr ordered dinner for her family at China Moon, which also closed in March. 

"I'm glad to see China Moon back. I know that many of our residents have been waiting for this day," said Mayor Mahr at the restaurant's takeout window this evening.