It was a full house Thursday afternoon at the Royal Queen – dim sum central at the New World Market in Flushing.
Connie Zhang, president and CEO of the Royal Queen, said her restaurant has been dealing with constant event cancellations, and the crowds that usually pack into the popular eatery have thinned out in recent weeks.
Thomas Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, said it’s not just restaurants seeing a decrease in business.
“There has been a real slowdown in revenues and foot traffic,” said Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services.
Some in the Asian American community have also reported instances of bias and being turned away from businesses, a violation of the city’s Human Rights Code.