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Chef-driven fast casual Asian restaurant opens first location in Prosper Texas, with rapid expansion plans over next 3 years.

Chef BobTam and his partners have opened The Chinese Neighbor flagship location in North Texas. The restaurant was designed by David Santos of Ds3 Designs and offers an elevated menu. Signature items include “Dumpling Burger,” “Rice-Rocket” Salad, “Cheeseburger” Egg Rolls and variety of other modern Chinese dishes. The new concept is expected to redefine how we think about Asian fast-casual.

Tam already boasts an impressive track-record in his own rite. From shopping for fresh ingredients in the open-air markets of Hong Kong and San Francisco’s Chinatown, to growing nationally known restaurant brands; Tam has put his signature stamp on east / west cuisine. Most notably, he was the Executive Sous Chef at James Beard nominated Betelnut in San Francisco and also served as the head R&D Chef for PF Chang’s China Bistro. Bob is currently Executive Chef partner at Bitter & Twisted in Phoenix, AZ. He credits culinary icon Cecilia Chiang for shaping his career and inspiring many items on the menu. Today, Chef Tam is excited to debut the culmination of these inspirations in a fun, fresh light-hearted menu. The Chinese Neighbor delivers fine dining quality at a lower price point with the convenience of counter service.

“Our plan is to open additional locations over the next 3 years,” says partner Daniel Lu of Alida Restaurant Supply. “We already actively looking for our 2nd and 3rd restaurant locations.”

Lu, Tam and their partner; and Benny Sutanto, also with Alida Restaurant Supply, worked with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ Blue Star Land, LLP and Lincoln Property on the construction and finish out of the space. The partners credit their unparalleled reputations and successful track records as key factors in creating the modern space and prime location for the restaurant. There are a relatively small number of dining options in the immediate area and population rates are exploding. These considerations make us especially excited introduce The Chinese Neighbor to the North Texas Marketplace,” says Benny Sutanto.

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"The city of Prosper is the fastest growing city in North Texas right now," says Executive Chef Partner Bob Tam. “The community is hungry for casual, high-quality restaurant experiences. And, I am excited to break-through stereotypes and share the flavors and dishes I’ve grown up with.

The group is actively looking in the Plano-Frisco area for its next location and hopes to open number two by mid 2020. The Chinese Neighbor is located at: 750 Richland Blvd, Suite 90, Prosper, TX 75078. The restaurant is open Mon–Sat from 11am – 2:30pm, Mon-Thurs from 4:30– 9pm and Fri-Sat from 4:30 – 10:00pm and closed on Sunday. For more information, go to: http://www.chinese-neighbor.com or 972-433-1088.

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