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2012/04/21

Historic San Francisco Chinatown Eatery SAM WO Shut down by Government Overregulations, Conan O'Brien Ad from 2007

-I only go to sam wo's at 2am when my friends and I are drunk. -YouTube commenter Danny0221
A 100-year-old Chinese restaurant, Sam Wo, in San Francisco once known for having "the world's rudest waiter" is slinging its last insults and barbequed pork noodle rolls. (April 20) http://youtu.be/5UE9yDF0x2g

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Sam Wo, San Francisco Chinese restaurant once known for ‘world's rudest waiter,’ closing after 100 years - NY Daily News:

The health inspection report noted a series of violations ranging from employees not washing their hands and contaminating food to rodent feces in the kitchen and improper food storage.

But the fact of the matter is, the restaurant is "too old. Everything's too old," said David Ho, 56. And bringing the rickety, three-story building into this century will be costly.

"My understanding is that a lot of the violations require a large infusion of money to fix," Shields said. "They're major fixes - everything from venting to plumbing to electrical all need to be upgraded."

Julie Ho said a lot of people are involved in possibly reopening the restaurant, including the landlord, but they'll have to see what happens after Tuesday's meeting.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/20/BAJH1O73B6.DTL#ixzz1sfk3MgRu



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Edsel Ford Fung (often spelled Fong) (May 6, 1927 - April 1984) was a Chinese American restaurant server from San Francisco, California. [1] He was often called the "world's rudest, worst, most insultingwaiter".[2]

Edsel Ford Fong was born and raised in San Francisco's Chinatown. He worked the second floor of the Sam Wo Restaurant on Washington Street. (The restaurant name means "three in peace", a reference to its founding partners.)[3] As head waiter, Fong greeted visitors with an admonition to "sit down and shut up".[4] He was known for calling patrons "retarded" and "fat", criticizing people's menu choices before telling them what they should order, slamming food on the table, complaining about receiving only 15% tips, and groping female patrons.[2] An imposing man with a crew cut hair style, he also was notorious for seating people with strangers, forgetting orders, cursing, spilling soup on customers, hazing newcomers, refusing to provide forks or English menu translations, and busing tables before diners were finished.[5]

Fong was made famous by columnist Herb Caen, who often described the misanthropic Fong during his visits to Sam Wo. Caen would interview Fong on matters of local politics and gossip, then reprint Fong'sYogi Berra-like responses, which Fong would in turn proudly show to his loyal regulars.[5] Caen included Fong in his guide of things to do in San Francisco, under "58. See the world's rudest waiter".[6] Although genuinely rude, his style was self-conscious and his role at the restaurant was not just to serve food but also to be a resident "entertainer" and "madman".

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