Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Rural Grad Opens Restaurant ; Owner Aims to Make Chinese, Japanese Cuisine More Accessible, Affordable

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Rural Grad Opens Restaurant ; Owner Aims to Make Chinese, Japanese Cuisine More Accessible, Affordable

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All Jiqiao Zheng has known is the restaurant business.

"I've always been cooking and working in restaurants," said Zheng, the owner of the Wok & Grill, which has been open a month. "I don't know what else to do. It's the only working experience I have."

With loans from family and friends, the 2006 Washburn Rural High School graduate said he opened the restaurant at 400 S.W. 29th Street in February to make teriyaki and hibachi-style Chinese and Japanese food more accessible and affordable.

"So people can come out on a more regular basis," he said, "not just on special occasions."

Zheng said he serves more "Americanized" Chinese food but also offers a variety of more traditional dishes and tempura. The restaurant in the strip mall on the northeast corner of the S. …

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