But the COVID-19 crisis and citywide shutdown of indoor dining and other establishments forced many businesses to close for good. Golden Unicorn saw a dramatic 90 percent drop in revenue in the first few months of the pandemic. The two-story restaurant depended heavily on parties in its event space.
Without that revenue, Liu rented a new space at the street level to pivot to a take-out business and in July, set up an outdoor dining space following strict protocols, hoping to stem the losses.
But some Chinatown businesses are closing earlier than pre-pandemic times, in part because of the uptick in violent incidents targeting Asians.
Forty seven anti-Asian hate crimes have been confirmed by the New York City police department in the first few months of 2021. That’s an increase from 33 last year.