Why would they even need to say that? I mean look at the menu. Oh, unless it's a pet shop in a bigoted neighborhood.
I'm intrigued. Misused quotation marks aside, what kind of restaurant IS it that it needs to say what it isn't? That scares me.
I have to know the story behind this.
Maybe it's actually a Japanese restarant, but people who don't know the difference kept coming in and trying to order sweet and sour chicken?
What they got against those "Chinese" then?
Even though I like Chinese food, I feel like MarkB's theory that the establishment in question which wants to make its non-Chinese-restaurant-ness absolutely clear is a pet shop is both the most likely theory and the most humorous one. :D
A more mundane thought - perhaps it's an Asian grocery store or supermarket. Quite a few of those in larger cities have prepared foods that are supposed to be taken out, often as key ingredients in more elaborate dishes prepared at home. Oh wow, I miss New York where these things actually existed. South Florida, not so much. Anyway, maybe people were wandering in and thought they should be served this stuff to eat there? Or we can stick with the pet shop theory.
They seem pretty touchy about that. Perhaps it's Korean or Vietnamese or something and they are tired of peolple asking for fried rice and chicken balls! But based on the Quotation marks, I'm thinking the Chef is Chinese.
I think everyone is looking at this from the wrong perspective. They're just missing some punctuation in the description of their name and purpose. Their establishment is "NOT": a Chinese restaurant.
A sign very like this one is taped to the glass of the one and only Thai restaurant in Lynchburg, VA. My in-laws live there, and we occasionally go out for Thai and are amused by this sign. Ours has the added declaration, "This is NOT a buffet!"Evidently the hicks roll in, see an Asian restaurant, and expect an all-you-can-eat type establishment.
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