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A TikTok user recently amassed thousands of views for explaining why some Chinese takeout restaurants are closed on Tuesdays.
Kim Chi, whose family owns several takeaway restaurants in Glasgow, Scotland, answered a TikTok follower’s question about why some Chinese takeaway restaurants are closed on Tuesdays.
In his videowhich has been viewed more than 19,400 times since it was posted on Monday, Kim explained that the tradition started a long time ago and there is no concrete reason why Tuesday has become a designated day for rest and reunite with family and friends.
“So Chinese takeaways are known to be closed on Tuesdays because a long time ago for some reason a lot of Chinese people who knew each other arranged to meet on Tuesdays as their day off, and that’s what they would do to catch get ready and make plans,” Kim said.
TikTok user’s grandparents reportedly owned and operated Rainbow Chinese and Happy Valley, two takeaway Chinese restaurants in Glasgow. His parents also opened their own restaurant, The Wok King, before moving to the south end of town to open a restaurant called The Wok Star.
Kim further explained that some take-out restaurants have opted to close shop on Mondays or Wednesdays instead: “It’s because of the people running the takeout. Because we have a lot more people migrating from China to the UK, they may not really have the same plans as the Chinese in Hong Kong.
“This is what my father explained to me,” she added. “I had to ask him why they close on a Tuesday. But it’s like, because every other day is a busy day for them when they’re working in the takeout, Tuesday is like the day they can go out and spend with family or friends and make plans .
In the United States, some Chinese restaurants choose to close on Mondays. Although there is no definitive reason why their owners chose the first day of the working week, some believe it has something to do with profits since Monday is considered one of the busiest days. slowest of the week.
Others argue that local Chinese restaurants are unable to receive fresh produce deliveries on Sundays, which is why it makes sense to close shop on Mondays.
Anonymous users of websites such as Response also tried to provide their own explanations, with one user stating that there is a superstitious belief behind the Tuesday close.
The user, who claims to be of Chinese descent, explained, “It’s because we Chinese people are very superstitious and according to this legend, dragons come to our restaurant to eat on Tuesdays!”
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