88 Lan Zhou will be staying open for now
Just ten days after New York City first learned of 88 Lan Zhou’s plans to permanently close, the restaurant has announced that it will be temporarily staying open. “With the support and love shown by all of you, we’ve decided to extend our closing date,” the restaurant shared in a post to Instagram Tuesday evening. It’s not clear how much longer 88 Lan Zhou will be able to stay open, but the restaurant’s owners say they’re consulting with their landlord and will have an update shortly.
88 Lan Zhou was originally slated to close this Friday, August 15, an announcement that left fans of the legendary dumpling and noodle shop reeling. Many turned to Instagram and Twitter to mourn the loss of the Chinatown mainstay, while others used the platforms to share photos of their freezers lined with the restaurant’s pork and chive dumplings, which some have deemed the city’s absolute best. All that attention has also bolstered the restaurant’s business. Two days after its closing announcement on August 3, 88 Lan Zhou advised that customers call ahead to confirm that frozen dumplings were still in stock due to high demand.
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