Previous owners return to Waukon to resume ownership of Yen Hing Dragon Chinese restaurant


Alan and Helen Lau (left to right in above photo) have returned to Waukon to resume ownership of the Chinese restaurant on Spring Avenue, renaming it Yen Hing Dragon, as it once was under their previous ownership.

Owners of the Wonderful House Chinese restaurant located on Spring Avenue in downtown Waukon returned ownership to its former owners, Alan and Helen Lau, in December of this past year. The Laus, who first took ownership of the restaurant in 2000 after buying it from Alan's cousin, have renamed the restaurant Yen Hing Dragon, as it was called under their previous ownership.
The Laus have been in the restaurant business for 15 years and come from an extended family that owns over 80 restaurants nationwide, including restaurants in Denver, CO, California, Iowa and Philadelphia, PA. Born in Hong Kong, the Laus grew up in restaurants, working and learning in many different family-owned restaurants over the years, beginning in Iowa Falls in 1999 and then working with a different family member every couple of months to learn new things. The extended family meets every couple of weeks, with 10 to 15 restaurant owners in attendance, to discuss changes in the family business.
Helen said that she is excited to return to Waukon and has enjoyed being reunited with returning customers. She added that it makes her happy to see restaurant customers enjoy the food, which is freshly prepared and made to order in a kitchen that was recently remodeled with all new equipment and served in a clean, friendly remodeled dining area.
The restaurant's dine-in or carry-out menu includes lunch specials and many recipes shared among the family-owned restaurants, including the Sesame Chicken, which comes from the famous Heaven Dragon Chinese Restaurant in Denver, CO.
The Yen Hing Dragon, located at 9 Spring Avenue in Waukon, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed Monday). For more information, find Yen Hing Dragon on Facebook or call 563-568-2383.
 

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