Posted October 5 2020
I grew up in the restaurant business. My parents built, launched and sustained a beloved neighborhood Chinese restaurant on Eastern Long Island for over 20 years. That restaurant not only provided for our daily livelihood but funded my college education and that of my three siblings. It was a generous well but only because it took everything my parents had -- 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 362 days a year (we were closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter). There were no vacations. Unless you count opening at 2:00 pm on Sundays.