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Ha’s Chinese on Broadway Suddenly Closes, Two Months After Opening


Feb. 16, 2018 By Tara Law

A trendy Chinese bar and restaurant in Astoria has closed after being in business for about two months.

Ha’s Chinese Bar & Eatery, which operated at 40-17 Broadway, closed on Feb. 12, according to its website and Instagram page. The eatery offered vegetarian Chinese.

The husband-and-wife duo of Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim owned the restaurant. They had operated Queens Kickshaw at the same location for seven years but closed it in August due to financial difficulties.

Sandler said at the time that the transformation into Ha’s was in response to weak sales.

The couple also owned the cider gastropub Wassail in the Lower East Side. Wassail struggled economically and closed at the end of December.

Sandler and Lim could not be reached for comment by the time this story was posted.


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Ha’s was amazing! The beautifully balanced flavors, the dishes were traditional Szechuan NOT Cantonese Chinese. So the food had a ton of flavor and heat! I do not eat meat so being able to have vegetarian Chinese food WITHOUT all the meat and junk most places use, was like a dream come true! I will miss this place terribly.


Not a very nice thing to say to people who have probably thrown all of their life savings into their business and most likely have financial difficulties at the moment…. #PrayForThem


It wasn’t the board of health that closed it down so soon, rather the wrong concept. Unfortunately, closings are a trend I’m the Astoria area lately. I wish them well for you future…


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