There is a new and exciting restaurant now open in Chatfield, Minn., and it is unlike any other eating establishment in Fillmore County.
Hong Kong restaurant opened its front door on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, and the door has been swinging open and shut almost on a constant basis since.
The anticipation was high in the area as residents waited for the Hong Kong restaurant to open while the owners were doing some remodeling work, and the wait is finally over.
The owners of Hong Kong are a father and son duo. Zhou Yong and his son, Ren Ni leased the building and have done a large amount of work to be ready to open their new business.
Ren’s wife, Tammy, says “you can’t imagine” the amount of work that was done by the family in order to make their dream of having their own restaurant come true.
Beyond the obvious changes to the dining room such as new paint, an aquarium and other additions, there was much more laborious tasks that needed to be completed in the kitchen area. New equipment was brought in and deep cleaning was done as well.
Ren and his family, which includes his mother and father, his wife Tammy and their children Benson, 14, Bonnie, 12, and Arvin, 11, moved to Chatfield from the Twin Cities.
Tammy says they like the peaceful environment here and adds that people are so nice here that they feel very welcomed. Fellow business owners in town have stopped by to introduce themselves and have also become frequent customers to the restaurant.
Ren has more than 20 years of cooking experience saying, that he started at 18 years old and after working for others in the past, he is excited to cook in the kitchen of his own restaurant.
When asked why the family chose Chatfield to open their business, Tammy stated they had looked at a lot of places but “God needs us here” in Chatfield, as it was meant to be.
The reason Ren wanted to have a family owned and operated restaurant was to have family working together and spending time together.
Since opening Hong Kong they have been “very, very busy,” states Ren, which the family is grateful for, although they have been working so hard that “we have all lost weight,” notes Tammy.
“The phone just rings and rings and rings,” states Tammy, as they have dozens of to-go orders called in every night.
The menu for Hong Kong states, “Place your order by phone and it will be ready when you arrive,” which sounds like a great idea after a long day at work.
Hong Kong has several different sauce packets to choose from to go with your take-out order, including soy sauce, hot sauce, mustard sauce and duck sauce.
You can expect to find an extensive menu at Hong Kong restaurant including appetizers, soup, fried rice, chow mein, lo mein, mai fun, egg foo young, sweet and sour, seafood and so much more.
Favorites such as happy family, Mongolian beef, shrimp with lobster sauce, General Tso’s chicken, kung po chicken, egg drop soup and many more can be found on the menu which includes three full pages of choices.
There is also a health food section on the menu, which includes all steam served food with white rice and sauce on the side, as well as house specials and lunch specials served with veggie fried rice. The lunch specials are offered Monday — Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at a very reasonable cost of $6.75.
There are 17 lunch specials to choose from some of which are shrimp with garlic sauce, shrimp with lobster sauce, moo goo gai pan, pepper steak, hot and spicy beef and sesame chicken.
Hong Kong will alter spice according to your taste, so if you are not a fan of hot and spicy don’t worry you can get it just the way you like it.
Business hours at Hong Kong are seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Having the restaurant open until 10 p.m. will be convenient for area residents.
Hong Kong restaurant currently does not have a website or a Facebook page but plan to have those both up and running in the future.
Hong Kong is located at 219 Main St. S. in Chatfield. Phone (507) 867-3266 for more information.