August 09, 2009
I was raised on the American immigrant narrative of the Chinese Restaurant. I have a grandfather, uncle, and father who ran Chinese restaurants as young men. Whenever I order Chinese food, I always imagine a family of fresh immigrants making a go at the American dream.
But the ethnic restaurant story seems to have been passed on to another group in recent years. I just returned from Niagara Falls where we encountered not one, not two, but five Indian restaurants. On the way to look for Taste of India, we passed by Bollywood Cafe and International Indian Buffet, and we finally stopped at Punjabi Hut for a bite. There were thousands of tourists crawling the streets, and not a Chinese restaurant to be seen.
I wonder why. Maybe all the Chinese entrepreneurs have moved back to Hong Kong.Posted by David at August 9, 2009 02:59 PM
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