Not just a snappy name, the area is home to over 30 restaurants and bars, representing countries from around the world -- Canada, the US, Germany, Thailand, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Australia. Of course, where there are dedicated restaurant and bar streets there are angry residents. The article goes on to detail the standard Shanghai-style street war between city residents and restaurateurs. (Hurled feces!) It seems the residents are finally turning the tide in the battle. Said the city official: “We are going to end the illegal Lao Wai Jie, but I believe the restaurants will get better on a legal one,” he said.
No word yet on when Laowei Jie's illegal structures will be dismantled or where these restaurants might end up. Or what will become of the Shanghai business dude diaspora, left to wander the city streets looking forlornly for schnitzel and a happy hour deal.
Perhaps it's time for another bar crawl for the truth.