“Stop [the] hate crimes! This was on our winter vestibule and one of [our] customers reported [it] to us,” Kim noted. “Wake up and grow up! This is [a] very tough time for everyone and we do not have time for this kind [of] uneducated action.”
Kim cleaned the vestibule himself the following day. He declined to report the incident to police, however, as he was unconvinced of their chances of finding the culprit.
Jeju Noodle Bar prides itself as the first and only noodle restaurant to receive a Michelin star in the country. A fundraiser has been set up to help it get through the pandemic, which has severely impacted the restaurant industry — particularly Asian-owned businesses.
Kim found support from users condemning the racist message he had received.
“So sorry to hear. You know, I expect anti-Asian violence against businesses and people in other parts of the country. But to have this happen in my beloved NYC breaks my heart,” one user commented.
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