Beijing Restaurant Sets Up Restaurant Bus to Skirt Outdoor Dining Ban

Beijing Restaurant Sets Up Restaurant Bus to Skirt Outdoor Dining Ban
May 04, 2014 By

‘Fatty’s Restaurant’ in Tongzhou came up with an ingenious way to skirt the outdoor seating ban and avoid hassles from the Chengguan by putting their alfresco diners on a converted bus.

After the establishment lost its license for outdoor seating, the owners found a solution; they bought a disused public bus for 40,000 RMB, modified the seating, put in some tables and they had themselves a mobile restaurant.

The new seating area has performed the double task of keeping away the pesky Chengguan and has been great publicity for the restaurant as people have been travelling far and wide to experience the novelty of dining in a bus.

Beijing authorities have been cracking down on street vendors which would mean all barbecue must be grilled indoors. As of May 1, anyone who violates this ban could be hit with a 20,000 RMB fine. Sad news, as outdoor barbecue is a quintessential part of Beijing life in the summer.

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How and where do the chefs cook on this bus? Is there proper ventilation? Restaurant bars in singapore

Jun 18, 2014 19:33 Report Abuse



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May 22, 2014 17:30 Report Abuse



Outdoor seating on the pavement, people walking on the roads. This kind of provincial traffic attitude is hardcoded. Take away the seats, and people will just park their cars and e-bikes on the pavements. The pavements will remain untraverseable, because the chengguan rules can't keep up with the imaginatively obstructive ways locals will use the pavements for anything OTHER THAN pedestrian pathways. The roads will still be blockaded with elderly people walking at snail's paces. It's a territorial thing.

May 06, 2014 11:13 Report Abuse



Great. Beijing outlaws my favorite outdoor food.

May 05, 2014 21:15 Report Abuse



Right picture? Second time I have seen this one.

May 04, 2014 19:37 Report Abuse



Yeah, that's a good idea. Well done Fatty. Why are they cracking down on outdoor eating? If they pay the bribe can they continue to put their chairs outside? I remember the same thing happened at my fave outdoor place in Qingdao a few years ago and the owner told me he was sick of paying the local street copper bribes so he had no choice but to can his outdoor chairs. Really pissed me off cause I loved having a few sherbets there most afternoons. It was a really quiet street.

May 04, 2014 19:17 Report Abuse



Couldn't agree more. The outdoor seating bans in China are an absolute joke. Every other country in Asia embraces the outdoor policy - except China. There is nothing like having a few cold beers outside on a warm evening. China really is the land of no fun.

May 05, 2014 08:43 Report Abuse