Jing Fong to move into former Red Egg space in Chinatown
Dim sum legend Jing Fong’s new, slimmed-down Chinatown location has been confirmed after weeks of speculation. Neighborhood site Bowery Boogie spotted an application filed by Jing Fong to transfer the restaurant’s liquor license to a new site at 202 Centre Street, the former home of clubby Chinese restaurant Red Egg. As Jing Fong’s ownership indicated earlier, this is a far smaller location for the restaurant, which was formerly housed in an 800-seat spot on Elizabeth Street. There will be 125 seats at the new Centre Street space, which is slated to open in July.
The address confirmation is the latest bit of news in a tumultuous few months for the beloved restaurant. Jing Fong first announced that it was closing down its gigantic, longstanding dining room in March, although it continued offering outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery through mid-May. At the new site, Jing Fong’s executive chef Jin Ruan will continue to lead the kitchen. However, it is unclear what the future holds for Jing Fong’s unionized dining room workers, who rallied to protest the initial shutdown in March.
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