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Photograph: Martha Williams Tony Hu at Lao Hunan

Lifetime Achievement Award | Eat Out Awards 2012

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Tony Hu Knowing that the Lao in Tony Hu’s battalion of Chinatown restaurants—Lao Sze Chuan, Lao Beijing, Lao...

By Heather Shouse
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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Tony Hu

Knowing that the Lao in Tony Hu’s battalion of Chinatown restaurants—Lao Sze Chuan, Lao Beijing, Lao Shanghai, Lao You Ju and Lao Hunan—translates to old is the first clue to Hu’s success. Tradition has been the bedrock of Hu’s empire since he began building it in 1998, and his ability to bring authentic regional Chinese cuisines to the masses is what earned him the moniker “Mayor of Chinatown.” From the look of the multicultural, multigenerational throngs that flock to Hu’s restaurants nightly, Rahm could glean some tips on how to achieve universal popularity.


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