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A Very Bad Year for Tony Hu's Original Chicago Lao Sze Chuan

Unwanted publicity for the Chicago version of the Palms restaurant.

Lao Sze Chuan Chicago
Lao Sze Chuan Chicago
Ashok Selvam

Just about to celebrate it's one year anniversary at the Palms, Tony Hu's original Lao Sze Chuan Chinese restaurant in Chicago is having another very bad month.

The much heralded Chicago dining fixture has been shut down by that city's version of the SNHD, after the inspectors found "dead cockroaches inside sugar and cornstarch containers." Other violations included "live cockroaches under prep tables and walls, and more than 50 fruit flies in the kitchen."

Back in April, nine of Tony Hu's Chicago restaurants were raided by the FBI and the IRS, part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-fraud. This followed Hu's equally ongoing attempt to sell off the majority of his restaurant holdings in the Chinatown district, a shocker for the restaurateur dubbed the "Mayor of Chicago's Chinatown."

Lao Sze Chuan remains open at the Palms, joined by adjacent new neighbor, the "World's Largest Hooters" restaurant and sports bar.