It could take months and plenty of money, but owners of a beloved 100-year-old restaurant in Chinatown say they’re going to consider reopening, despite being hit with a litany of health code violations including uncleanly food practices and a pervasive rat problem.
Sam Wo owner David Ho and his daughter, Julie Ho, appreciated more than 100 supporters showing up Tuesday morning to a Department of Public Health hearing on the status of the restaurant. The department wants Sam Wo to execute a list of short-term and long-term fixes, including the purchase of a proper refrigerator, designated washing and food prep sinks in the kitchen, and eradication of the rodents, preferably by a professional.
Julie Ho, the restaurant’s server who was translating for her father on Thursday, said a timeline for reopening depends on how long the fixes take and how much community help they can get.
“It won’t be days and it won’t be years — a month or two, probably,” she said. “But I don’t want to be certain, because we need to consult people. We’re going to be asking for a lot of help. We’re just really relieved right now. We feel really lucky we were able to have this chance.”