A few weeks ago, a man walked into a restaurant in Brooklyn’s Chinatown.
“You know,” he said, “I’m not from Brooklyn.”
He was a veteran restaurant owner in New York City, he said.
He’d been running a Chinese restaurant in the city’s Chinatown for 30 years.
And now, he’d come to the restaurant for a lunch date.
It was a new experience for him, but he didn’t know it at the time.
“He walked in, saw the menu and said, ‘I can’t believe I’m here,'” said Nafis Zafar, a chef at the restaurant, in a phone interview.
“We were both surprised.
He’s a chef, but we were both so nervous.
We had never been here before.
He was very happy.”
It was the first time he’d been on a date.
But the restaurant was not going to be closed for lunch.
“When he walked out the door, he was smiling,” said Zafare, adding that the restaurant did not reopen for the date.
The restaurant has since reopened for dinner.
It’s been open for more than a decade, and Zafaren is the restaurant’s current manager.
And while he and his wife still love to dine at the eatery, the restaurant itself has become a place of safety.
It has also become a breeding ground for young women who want to learn Chinese, said Zaffar.
And since he was working at the Chinatown restaurant, he’s seen how the restaurant has become increasingly popular, and how it has helped him get his first job as a restaurant manager.
“I feel like I was in the right place at the right time,” he told Newsweek.
“My dream was to be an owner of a restaurant, but I ended up here at the Chinese restaurant.”
In the past two decades, restaurants in the U.S. have become more diverse, and restaurants are opening in more cities.
But this has created a new challenge for those who have been in the restaurant business for decades.
A growing number of restaurant owners, especially in urban areas, are concerned that they are losing the women they have worked so hard to create and cultivate.
And that’s because of a new phenomenon called restaurant tipping.
This is where a restaurant pays a tip to the server who comes to the table.
“People are tipping less because the restaurant is becoming more crowded,” said Elizabeth Haus, a restaurant owner and author of the book The Restaurant Owner’s Guide to Tipping.
“There is less demand to eat here, and they have to pay more.
People are less prepared for that.
And then people are more open to tipping if they think it’s something they can earn back.”
Some restaurant owners have also found themselves dealing with a surge in demand for their food.
But Haus and Zaffare are not worried about the backlash against their restaurant because the tipping issue is just one of the issues that is impacting the restaurant industry.
“That’s not really an issue for us,” Zafaria said.
“The issue is with what we are doing with our service.”
And with that, Zafari has started thinking about the future of the restaurant.
“If we’re going to have to close for lunch, what are we going to do for dinner?”
“For me, I’m not concerned about closing the restaurant because it’s just a place where I can be a family member,” he continued.
“What I’m concerned about is what’s happening in other restaurants.
I think we’re facing the same issues we’re faced with at restaurants in other cities.”