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Restaurants in Little Fuzhou With Identical Menus

Chandavkl | Sep 30, 201311:04 PM

I noticed that there are restaurants in Little Fuzhou with identical menus, running into three of them in a day and a half. By identical menus, I mean the same large banner on the wall proclaiming Fuzhouese (or something like that) Cuisine, with the same dozen or so menu items and the same prices. Peanut noodle for $2. Beef starch noodle soup. $2 dumplings. Beef tripe soup. Fish ball soup. Sour vegetable soup. They all have the same third party address on them, on the 200 block of Broome. Out of curiosity I went there and saw it was a Chinese sign shop. So what's the story behind the standardized fare? Same ownership of the different restaurants? Perhaps a restaurant management or supply company helping independent owners start a cookie cutter operation? This could be a likely answer, based on prior Chowhound threads suggesting some Fujianese enterprise is sponsoring Americanized Chinese restaurants throughout the east coast having identical menus. Or how about a printer offering standardized cheap signs to save the restaurant from the trouble creating its own menu?

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