Yummy Chinese Restaurant offers a new name with same recipes and customer service – Greeley Tribune

September 9, 2022
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If you’ve driven through the Westlake Village Shopping Center on 35th Avenue, you may have noticed a few changes in the tenants.
While Gourmet Grub announced its closing and transition to a food-truck-only model, Hunan Chinese Restaurant around the corner has a new name: Yummy Chinese Restaurant.
“My best friend was the original owner, and she had been talking about retiring and going back to Taiwan to take care of her mother,” new owner Casey Yu said. “At the end of April, she said she really had to go and asked if we could make a deal and I take it over.
“She had already tried to sell the restaurant for a long time, but with COVID and the prices of food and supplies being crazy, it was really hard.”
When Yu and her husband, Weihui Chen, took ownership of Hunan Chinese Restaurant in May, she had all intentions of keeping the restaurant’s name in addition to its recipes and menu. However, the previous owner’s sister also owns a Hunan Chinese Restaurant in Fort Collins and pushed Yu to change the name.
Pressed for time to make a decision, Yu went with the first thing that popped into her head — “yummy” — creating Yummy Chinese Restaurant.
“The owner was OK with me keeping Hunan, but her sister really wanted me to change it. I only had about two hours to come up with a name,” Yu said. “I feel very sad that we had to change the name. Some customers have seen the name change and not come in, but we are the same restaurant. I understand, but I want customers to come in and see that we are still Hunan — just with a new name.”
While the name has changed and the inside of the restaurant updated, the recipes and customer service remain the same, Yu said.
“We have the same chef in the kitchen, and everything is the same — it all tastes like Hunan. Hunan has been here for 29 years, and it is meaningful for the customers, so I have not changed anything,” Yu said. “If anything, the portions are larger, especially for takeout. We are using bigger containers for takeout.”
The only change to the menu has been the inclusion of 10 new items, expanding the vast selection of Chinese food favorites that includes Hunan Delight, General Tso’s Chicken and crab cheese wontons.
“I like the chicken vegetables; that’s a new one. They didn’t have a chicken vegetables on the menu, and I really like that, so I added it,” she said. “I also added the Mongolian Triple, and that is really good. My husband makes the Mongolian his way like at China Kitchen.”
The restaurant boasts a large private room for parties or meetings as well as booths and tables and a bar. Yu and Chen have done some updating to the interior of the restaurant, adding some more decorations, new wall decor and new booth setups.
The couple plans to continue updating the interior over time, possibly adding an audio/video system to the private room to allow customers to be able to show videos or presentations.
Despite being the new owners, the restaurant is like home for Yu and Chen, who also own China Kitchen, 4626 CenterPlace Drive, Suite 130, as they both worked at Hunan when the couple came to the U.S. from China in 2003.
“This was my first job in restaurants when I came here, and my husband worked here for many years,” Yu said. “My cousin and brother are taking care of China Kitchen so I can work here.”
Yummy Chinese Restaurant is open for in-person dining as well as take-out and delivery through DoorDash and Grubhub. Its operating hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4-9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, go to www.yummychinesegreeley.kwickmenu.com or call the restaurant at (970) 330-3637 or (970) 330-0755.
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