AUSTIN, Texas — Chinese restaurant Szechun restaurants around the country have opened up to serve their Chinese-American customers, but it may not be a very welcoming place.
A new study released Tuesday by the University of Texas at Austin found that some Szechwan restaurants in Texas are serving patrons who are not legally allowed to be in the country.
In a study of nearly 4,000 Szechawan restaurants, the UT-Austin researchers found that only 1 percent of Szechwans served Chinese food to their Chinese customers.
That number dropped to about 1 percent for Szechawans who were not Chinese-Americans.
In general, restaurants were more likely to serve food to Chinese customers with the help of a translator.
In Texas, there are about 9,000 Chinese-speaking restaurants.
The UT- Austin researchers say there may be more, but only because Chinese restaurants in Austin are not required to follow the guidelines of the American-Statesman, which requires restaurants to serve Chinese-language food.