Communities Deliver Demands to Yau Bros.

The leaders of several neighborhood organizations in North Baltimore presented a list of demands on Monday to the owners of the troubled carryout.

Community leaders on Monday delivered a list of demands to the Yau Bros. Chinese Carryout that asks its owners to make certain improvements or risk a political effort to close the shop.

The carryout, located at 2901 Greenmount Avenue, has been the scene of four murders in recent years. The most recent was Oct. 31, when

The community groups want to see Yau Bros.:

  • Install exterior surveillance cameras
  • Add more exterior lighting
  • Hire off-duty police officers or sheriff’s deputies for security
  • Change the hours of operation

The heads of Waverly Main Street, Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Harwood Community Association, Abell Improvement Association, Better Waverly Community Organization, Oakenshawe Improvement Association and Ednor Gardens-Lakeside Community Association all met with the carryout’s owners.   

On Friday Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and state Del. Mary Washington said they were sending a letter asking Baltimore City police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld to hold a hearing that could result in the building being closed for up to a year.

slangwhang November 14, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I was in this same restaurant in 1989. The owner gave someone a wrinkled dollar bill for change. The guy threatened to shoot the owner for giving him a wrinkled dollar bill. Given that the place is totally bullet proof to protect the owner other costumers are at a deep risk of being robbed or shot themselves. It's not the owners of this store, it's the animals who do drugs and rob people for their hard earned cash. Life has no meaning to these sick individuals. Nothing will really help if the whole mind set of drug abuse community is that human life has no value over getting high for 1 more time.
Mair November 14, 2011 at 11:41 PM
I guess it's just because they feel frustrated and have a need to do something,.,.anything... but I'm having a hard time seeing how any of this is Mr. Yau's fault.
Dave Stahl November 15, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Isn't this step at odds with Ms. Clarke's and Ms. Washington's effort to have the place padlocked? I thought all these people had a meeting to develop a common approach?? Confused in Waverly.
Adam Bednar (Editor) November 15, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Dave, they are moving on parallel tracks. This way not all of their eggs are placed in one basket, so to speak.
ralahinn1 November 15, 2011 at 01:39 AM
I have never eaten there because I am afraid of getting shot,lol. The way things are going, they might have to put up an exterior walk up window, and make their clients hand over a picture Id which the clerk can hold while they wait for their food, or they might have to make a delivery service( which may endanger their drivers) . Crazy way to have to run a business, and I feel sorry for them.
County D November 15, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Uh....concern about the business owner who installs bulletproof glass rather than start a business elsewhere is part of the problem. What is served there does not benefit the community nutritionally. The money made does not benefit the community economically. The owner himself has never been hurt, correct? Yet most of the comments speak to the owners concerns as if he doesn't know where he's at. The people were referred to as animals and not wanting to go due to fear of getting shot (when people have been killed there) is worth an "lol". Sounds like everyone's made their minds up. What's troubling is the phenomenon of profiting off an area with a concentration of profitable conditions DOES NOT stop at fast food and liquor. The drugs act in the same fashion. In the community like a parasite merchant insulated from the effects of it's very existence. Only difference is drugs sacrifice themselves. These business owners leave w/ the money. Just like the politicians. Outlook on the people unchanged. Bank account increased. When they do it, they're good business people. Anyone else, animal. The requests -which were cleverly ignored by the commentators- are not unreasonable considering the money being made and the position customers are placed in by patronizing. In closing I'd like to say, IMHO, it is far more economical to cook your own meals. It is also healthier. In the process, anyone banking on you spending money with them to eat WILL HAVE TO EARN IT.
Sean Tully November 15, 2011 at 04:04 AM
The community leaders demands are comical. If I were Yau Bros. I would tell them to petition the city for more lighting and police protection for the community. If the city wants the business closed, the city should pay for their relocation since the city has issued the operating license to them. Apparently the location is okay when the city collects on taxes and annual fees the Yau Bros. have to pay.
Mike Franch November 15, 2011 at 03:18 PM
What happens if Yau Bros. is closed? Does that help the community? It seems that it is a popular business, which suggests that people want it there. If a bank, gas station, or 7-11 were held up several times, would we suggest that they be closed?
Dave Stahl November 15, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Adam - Given what you've said, I suppose the position is that the place will be padlocked only if the owner fails to comply with these demands. In my view, the place needs to be closed. There have been four people murdered here. How many more do we need? This place condones drug activity in and around the premises.
Sean Tully November 15, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Dave, well over 100 have been killed in Baltimore City over the last 10 months and most over drugs. Do we shut down Baltimore City? If so, were do I go to get my new house?
kris November 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Sean, your comment is spot on in my opinion. When i first heard that Mary Pat was talking about shutting down the business, I shook my head in disbelief. Yeah, let's go after the business, it's a great red herring......don't look at the elephant in the room, it's too big and too disturbing


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