A Chinese restaurant owner says he’s apologizing to the city of New York for selling a bar that featured a Chinese-themed menu.
Mark Zhang, a New York businessman who owns a bar in Chinatown, said in an interview with CNNMoney that he was surprised by the news of the ban.
Zhang told CNNMoney he decided to take down the Chinese menu after receiving a letter from the city.
“It’s just a small mistake, I didn’t expect to get a letter like that, but they said, ‘you’re violating the law,'” Zhang said.
“I feel sorry for them, I feel sorry to them.
I don’t know how they would be able to get away with it.”
Zhang said he sold his bar, Bar X, to a Chinese family who wanted to take over the restaurant.
The family didn’t want to buy it from him because of its Chinese menu, and Zhang says he didn’t tell them the bar’s name.
Zang said he’s planning to start a Chinese menu in Chinatown.
He hopes to start up a restaurant that will serve traditional Chinese food.CNNMoney reached out to the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs for comment on the Chinese restaurant ban, but has not yet received a response.