Boston kosher eatery to remain open despite peeping tom charges against co-owner
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Boston kosher eatery to remain open despite peeping tom charges against co-owner

Town board says Taam China restaurant in Brookline must present reorganization plan to ban proprietor accused of filming customers in the toilet

A view of Taam China in Brookline, Mass. (Google Maps via JTA)
A view of Taam China in Brookline, Mass. (Google Maps via JTA)

A kosher restaurant in suburban Boston will be allowed to remain open even though one of its owners has been charged with illegally filming his customers as they used the bathroom.

Tze Chung, 63, co-owner of the popular Taam China restaurant in Brookline, Massachusetts, may have recorded customers up to 20 separate times beginning as early as 2015, according to local police.

Despite the charges, the Select Board of the town of Brookline has agreed to allow Taam China to keep its restaurant license if certain conditions are met.

Chief among those the conditions was the demand that Taam China hire a new manager, and that Chung be barred from visiting the premises. The restaurant must come before the Select Board in two months and present its reorganization and ownership status.

The restaurant’s chef, Tai-Sheng Ying, owns a 50 percent stake in the business.

Several members of the Jewish community came to the meeting to support Taam China, since there are few kosher restaurants in the area.

The charges against Chung were levied last month and come after a more serious indictment brought against him in May for the rape of a 12-year-old girl.

Chung, who has run the restaurant for 20 years, is accused of primarily recording a waitress at the restaurant whom he used to see romantically, according to The Boston Globe. She did not know she was being recorded.

He is currently out of police custody on bail and must wear a GPS tracking bracelet.

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