Concerned Denver Business Owner Fears Impact of Aurora Homeless Shelter on Her Asian Restaurant

The Uncertain Future of Zume Asian Cuisine: One Mother’s Struggle to Keep her Family-Owned Restaurant Open Amidst Community Changes

Jill Chen has always been determined to provide for her family. When she moved to Denver from China and became a U.S. citizen 10 years ago, she started her own business, Zume Asian Cuisine near Chambers Road and Interstate 70. As a single mother of three, Chen emphasized that it was very important for her to start the business and support her loved ones.

Chen’s restaurant has been successful thanks in part to the supportive community she is located in. Customers love coming in for a succulent Chinese meal, and Chen credits the success of her business to the kind people around her. However, recently, Chen learned that the City of Aurora had bought the Crowne Plaza Hotel across the street to build a shelter for the homeless. While she initially thought this was a great idea, she began to worry about how it might affect her livelihood.

The City of Aurora has stated that they will work with residents and business owners near the site to create good neighbor plans. However, Chen remains anxious about the potential negative impact on her business. She expressed her hope for government assistance to prevent this from happening or closing down her restaurant altogether if needed.

Despite these challenges, Chen continues to run Zume Asian Cuisine with determination and pride in providing quality food for those who come through its doors every day.

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