Chinese Restaurants in U.S. Report Business Is Booming

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Chinese Restaurants in U.S. Report Business Is Booming


Nixon, Chinese--Food, Peking, Restaurant


Newspaper article describing how Chinese food in the United States became more popular following Nixon's visit to China.


International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013


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Chinese Restaurants in U.S. Report Business Is Booming
p NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI).— Joining in the spirit of President Nixon’s trip to China, Americans are flocking to Oriental restau¬ rants to use chopsticks and eat Peking duck and diced chicken Nixon with cashew nuts. A survey of owners of Chinese restaurants in several major U.S. cities showed a surge of business since the President and Mrs. Nixon dined on Mandarin deli¬ cacies at a banquet Monday night given by Premier Chou En-lai of China. Cecilia Chiang, the owner of the Mandarin, in San Francisco, said: “We’ve had a big upsurge in business doing Peking-style cooking ... On Chinese new year’s day [Feb. 15] we had to turn more than 200 people away.” Miss Chiang said the real test of love for Chinese food came when “we had no request for forks . . . People did their best with chopsticks.” In Washington, Mrs. Aline Ber¬ man, owner of the Court of the Mandarins restaurant, reported that business had been booming ever since Henry A. Kissinger re¬ turned from his visit to China last summer to arrange the Presi¬ dent’s trip. Mrs. Berman, a native of Peking and the widow of an American college professor, said her patrons had included “almost everyone from the White House.” Jimmy Won, owner of three Chinese restaurants in Chicago, said: “I think the way the Nixons have been talking about Chinese food—and how they like it so much—has helped us. I expect their experiences to stimulate business all over the world for Chinese restaurants and Chinese food.” The manager of Anita Chu’s Chinese restaurant in Boston said he thought Mrs. Nixon’s visit to the Peking Hotel’s kitchen, where she remarked that “Americans love Chinese food,” was a great endorsement for his business. “I know it’ll do us some good,” he said. In Providence, R.I., Robert low, whose Ming Gardens restaurant has the cashew-nut chicken dish named for Mr. Nixon, said that at a recent party he served dishes similar to those being prepared for the President and his entou¬ rage in Peking. In San Francisco, with largest Chinese colony in the the
United States, business was brisk at the leading Oriental restau¬ rants, but this was generally at¬ tributed to the new year. In such cities as Atlanta, Balti¬ more, Albany, N.Y., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York, the survey indicated that the Chinese restaurant business was also seeing an increase in business. As for increased advertising for their restaurants, most owners said they hadn’t given it much thought. However, a Philadel¬ phia waiter suggested a good ad might read: “800 million Chinese people can’t be wrong.”

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