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Oriental Wok, ‘little restaurant’ becomes ‘big dream’ for Mike Wong and his family, celebrating 40 years

Staff report

The Oriental Wok, a popular Chinese restaurant on Buttermilk Pike in Ft. Mitchell, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Owned by Mike and Helen Wong, the restaurant opened in 1977 — “a little restaurant with big dreams,” Mike Wong says on their website.

“Our story is about sacrifice, a cultural revolution and the American dream. Through our immigrant journey, we embraced our new county and America welcomed our entrepreneurial spirit. We share our Chinese culture through Oriental Wok, one meal at a time.

“40 years later my entire family is still honored to welcome you with genuine hospitality.”

Mike Wong is recognized as a terrific host who welcomes guests with a special flair and friendliness. Even recent eye surgery could not keep him from the anniversary celebration.

Today, he is joined in his businesses by his whole family, Susanna, Angela, Guy and Travis — and grandkids.

The Wongs also have a second restaurant in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park.

Known for its hospitality and its great food, the restaurant has a loyal clientele and is a gathering place for the Who’s Who of Northern Kentucky.

The family in 1977

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