So Nigerians who want to eat ‘Chinese Food’ are now tom, dick and harry? Sigh!
The Punch had done a story based on a social media post that the Shi Shi Chinese Restaurant located on 21B, Emina Crescent, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos, does not admit Nigerians.
The correspondent who visited the restaurant on Tuesday reported that he was accosted at the gate by a security guard wearing Army combat camouflage and prevented him from entering the restaurant.
The Nigerian security man told the correspondent that he acted on instructions.
The correspondent later introduced himself, and left his business card for the restaurant’s spokesperson when he was told that nobody was available to speak with him.
The restaurant director, a Nigerian who introduced himself as Mr. Niyi Adegbite, called The Punch after the correspondent had published its findings, and declared that, generally, “all over the world, Chinese restaurants are not open to every Tom, Dick and Harry.”
He did claim, however, that the Shi Shi Chinese Restaurant was open to the public.
When asked if Nigerians were allowed to patronise Shi Shi, Adegbite said, “Not really.” He then went on to make clarifications.
He said there are two sections in the restaurant — a regular one and one that is strictly for Chinese.
Adegbite said, “I want to debunk all the allegations. The restaurant is open to everyone. But you know, Chinese restaurant is not for every Tom, Dick and Harry. Nobody can just enter.
“Come, and I will conduct you round the restaurant. I’m a Nigerian and how can I prevent my fellow people from entering in? But, of course, it’s for gentlemen, not for everyone.”
When asked how the restaurant defines a gentleman, Adegbite said, “The restaurant is divided into two sections. There is one open to the public and there is one called Hot Spot.
“The Hot Spot is where you enter and cook on your own. All the ingredients are made available. But it’s only for Chinese nationals.
“Maybe it’s this one that some people tried entering and were disallowed and is now causing the outcry.”
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