Lund Avenue continues to take on Eastern flavor

"Lund Avenue has taken on a distinctly Eastern flavor in the past six weeks.In early November, China Star, a buffet-style restaurant offering Chinese fare, opened in the strip mall just east of the Bethel Junction Shopping Center. Three weeks later, on Nov. 29, it was followed by the Wok & Teriyaki House, just a few doors away in the same shopping retail center.“I think we actually signed our lease first,” John Lee, co-owner with his father Chung Il Lee of Wok & Teriyaki House. “We signed the papers about eight months ago, but it took longer than we expected to remodel the restaurant and get it ready to open. In the meantime, they opened up.”Lee, 23, said the appearance of China Star surprised his family. “But so far it doesn’t seem to make much difference. We’re doing very well and so are they. I guess there are a lot of people in this market who loke this kind of food,” he said.Wok & Teriyaki offers authentic Japenese and Chinese cuisine, including teriyaki, yakisoba (soba noodles, stir-fried vegetables along with different meats or seafood), gyoza plates, traditional Chinese entrees and sushi. The restaurant’s signature dish is salad with a unique Japanese dressing. “The recipe was given to us by a Japanese cook who told us never to tell anyone what went into it,” said Lee.The Lee family, including John, his parents and his sister, arrived in the United States from Korea in 1987. “We came because there were better education opportunities here,” Lee said.His sister ultimately earned her nursing degree at the University of Washington, while John went into the family restaurant business. They operated a chicken restaurant in Korea before emigrating to the U.S. and soon opened a sandwich and sub restaurant in Chicago, Ill., where John’s aunt and uncle already resided.The Lees moved in 1990 to the Pacific Northwest, where other relatives already lived. They opened the Forest Villa Snack Bar in Auburn in 1990, and a few years later opened a teriyaki restaurant in Enumclaw, which they operated for five years before selling it and moving to Port Orchard.“We like it here because it’s quiet and friendly, not like Chicago,” Lee said. “I like it because there’s a lot of golf courses here.”The Lees are already planning to open a second teriyaki restaurant in Silverdale this spring."

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