He just opened his seventh Chinatown spot, Lao Mala, is on the verge of opening an Uptown outpost of Lao Sze Chuan, has a River North location, Lao 18, in the works, but Tony Hu is not ready to kick back and rest. The "mayor of Chinatown" said he's about to sign a lease at a space on Michigan Avenue for a restaurant that will specialize in Peking Duck.
There, he hopes to earn at least one Michelin star and then has much grander plans. Hu tells the Tribune that he will partner with a China-based restaurant group to open eateries in New York, LA and San Francisco. And then he wants to list his company on the NYSE exchange. It's always good to dream big, but based on his current success, who doesn't think he can do it?
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· Hu's the Boss [Tribune]
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