But in 2008 business dropped off dramatically when the city forbade workers from driving work vehicles outside their districts and installed GPS units. The only time out of area police regulars could stop in for lunch was on their way to or from court.
I've shown you Chinatown Cafe's egg rolls previously with my Egg Roll Project
. Pauline revealed that they did in fact fry their egg rolls in lard.
"That's the only way they look so pretty," she said.
And yes, the Yau sisters and I are blood cousins: their father's father's parents were my mother's father's grandparents.
They think the building dates back to the 1920s or 30s, starting its restaurant life as a Greek diner, then as Chinese-American diner, opened as Chinatown Cafe by the immediately preceding owner, then continued by their father in 1983. A cop regular bought all the furniture, which he'll use at a club he's opening. The plates, cups, and flatware will now be found at Turtle's in Bridgeport. They don't know what will happen to the space which they've always rented.
But the food, though gone from the restaurant, will live on. Trust me.