When Jill Chen moved from China to the United States and became a citizen 10 years ago, she started her own business, Zume Asian Cuisine near Chambers Road and Interstate 70. As a single mother of three, she opened the restaurant to support her family, emphasizing its importance to her.
Chen has found success with her restaurant in large part due to the neighborhood it is located in. Her customers love coming in for a succulent Chinese meal, and she credits the success of her business to the supportive and kind people in the community.
Recently, Chen learned that the City of Aurora had bought the Crowne Plaza Hotel across the street to build a shelter for homeless people. While at first she thought it was a great idea, she began to worry about how it might affect her livelihood. She started thinking that the business she spent a decade building might suffer as a result.
The City of Aurora has stated that they will work with residents and business owners near the site to create good neighbor plans. While they emphasize that outreach about the project has been ongoing, Chen remains anxious about potential negative impacts on her business.
Chen expressed hope for government assistance to prevent any negative effects or closure of her restaurant. However, if there is no help from the government, she might not be able to run Zume Asian Cuisine in this area anymore.