Business Spotlight: Jade Sushi & New Asian

Owner Lewis Lin with sushi chef Yeoung Park

A sportswriter in the press box covering a game is not supposed to take sides; he or she only roots for a good game and hopes an interesting story-line emerges to write about. Such is the case with the Business Spotlight. But when you meet Lewis Lin and his wife Stephanie Huang, owners of Jade Sushi & New Asian, you’ll find yourself rooting for their success.

Case in point: The Tuesday after Hurricane Irma ravaged Central Florida and left most of Edgewater Drive businesses without electricity, Lin and Huang left their Disney area home, came to College Park and opened Jade, which happened to have power.

Almost immediately, word spread through the community that they were open, and a line of electricity-starved, hot food–seeking customers extended out the door while waiting for to-go orders. “People were so nice and friendly,” said Lin, referring to the customers waiting in line.

It was this warm feeling and sense of community that attracted Lin and Huang to College Park two years ago when they purchased the restaurant. Lin juxtaposed the lack of community in the predominantly touristy Disney area where they live to this neighborhood where they work. “Everyone knows each other here,” said Lin.

Lin and Huang have interesting backgrounds. Lin holds a master’s degree in finance from Florida International University; Huang earned a master’s in public relations from UCF. Lin worked in the finance field for about two years and felt he was out of his professional element: He wanted to own and work in a restaurant. Huang continues to use her PR skills by running the marketing and social media campaigns for Jade.

Lin describes the menu of Jade as a fusion style including Western influences with a trifecta of Asian cultures: Korean items tend to be spicy and sweet. Sushi selections hail from Japan. And the wok dishes are Chinese-inspired.

Yeoung Park joined the business as a sushi chef and brings more than 24 years of impressive experience including stints in restaurants in Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta.

Jade Sushi & New Asian, located at 2425 Edgewater Dr., is open for lunch Mondays and Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The restaurant is open for dinner Mondays and Wednesday through Sunday 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (They are closed Tuesdays.) For more information, please call 407-422-7968, visit jadenewasian.com or check out Facebook.com/JadeNewAsianOrlando/.

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