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– Editor’s Note:
Chinese Wok owner In Suk Lind has informed the Yelm Blogger that she has sold her restaurant and will retire after 21 years in the business here. I have known In Suk for 20 of those years, since just after she opened her Chinese Wok Restaurant in Yelm. Mr. Doug’s had closed for awhile in the mid-1990s and a bagel shop opened in about the front third of the facility. That was short-lived, followed by Lind opening Yelm’s Chinese Wok. My wife and I were so impressed, we rented the entire restaurant in July 1996 for a family celebration. We have been customers ever since. In 1997, In Suk was the first buyer to invest in Creek Street Plaza with a frontage “condo” on the street. She brought needed diversity to the Yelm dining scene in 1995.
Lind said the new buyer is from Tumwater and will re-open as a Thai, Asian-fusion restaurant, to be called the “Red Lantern.” They will have an opening in the spring after remodeling to their specifications. In Suk and her husband Ron plan on traveling. When new City Administrator Michael Grayum began his post here a year ago, I took him to lunch at Chinese Wok to introduce him to someone who invested in our community for over 2 decades. Through many challenges, both personal and economic, her business survived and prospered, because she offered good food at fair prices, and warm personal service. Chinese Wok was always a steady, reliable restaurant option even after Yelm Safeway opened in 1999 with Chinese take-out at their deli counter, a new Chinese Restaurant opened near the high school, and all through the 2008 economic downturn, which had a devastating effect on our city in 2008-2009.
Please stop by on or before Wednesday for take-out and congratulate in In Suk!
Tell her you read about her news in the Yelm Community Blog!
10501 Northeast Creek Street, Suite A
Yelm, Washington 98597
Next to the Yelm Post Office
Hours: this week only –
Saturday (today) 11am – 9:30pm
Monday-Wednesday, 11am – 9pm