Bob Chan, manager of Chan's restaurant in Spring Lake, said he's seen a 25-30 percent increase in business since the May 2 incident.
Chan said he is overwhelmed by the support the local community has expressed.
“They condemn what the kids did to us,” he said. “People are stopping by to eat and some have even sent post cards. It's just been overwhelming. Some of the people I don't even know — they heard about the story and they said they want to support us so they show up and eat. We've had a lot of people who have never been to Chan's.”
Chan said the phone has also been ringing off the hook — but there have been no racial slurs on the other end.
“I have had a tremendous number of phone calls from people in the local community,” he continued. “They want us to be here. They want us to continue to be here. The people are really, really supportive.”
Two teenage boys threw eggs at the restaurant on May 2 and one admitted to making a series of racially derogatory phone calls during the past several months.
Shortly after 4 p.m. that day, a passing motorist called police to report two teenagers throwing eggs at the restaurant. Officers of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department apprehended two juveniles — a 15-year-old from the 2900 block of Sternberg Road in Muskegon and a 16-year-old who resides in the 18000 block of Trillium Drive in Spring Lake Township.
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