Is it crazy to open a restaurant (or a copy of a restaurant) just so that it's there, in your area, and you can go to it? Would you do this if you had the money, even if you don't PROFIT from it, you just break even?
You see, I wish there was a Shanghai Bun somewhere in Bergen County and maybe NYC. Shanghai Bun in Matawan, NJ is the best authentic Cantonese restaurant aywhere ever, other than China itself, as far as I'm concerned. They have a really special, specific selection of authentic Chinese things that rarely if ever come in one restaurant together. The usual lunch fare is bowl-noodle-soups, which are amazing. On the weekends there's the unusual but still awesome BREAKFAST stuff - whoever heard of Chinese breakfast? - Youtiao, hot sesame croissant thingies, sweet and savory soybean milk. There's xiaolongbao anytime.
Basically, I've never been to a restaurant, even in NYC with this stuff. Come to think of it, I can't find a restaurant that has either bowl-noodle-soups or the hot chinese baked goods. I managed to get Youtiao once at one place in Chinatown, but it was crummy, and not fresh.
I would so be willing to put up the money to start this place up in my area (and/or NYC) just to have it there. Doesn't have to turn a profit for me, as long as it doesn't end up being a loss, and dealing with it isn't too hard - anyway, if it worked out and it was mildly profitable or just broke even I'd just sell it, but the main point is it'd be in my area.
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