[cleeng_content id="143059741" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]‘The Year of the Horse’ set to kick off at China Fortune
Sen Lin says he’s excited about this week’s Chinese New Year celebration, not only for the chance to set up a special buffet at his South George Street restaurant, but also because it’s an opportunity to shed light on Chinese culture.
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, Friday marks the start of the Year of the Horse – thought to be an especially lucky year, particularly for those interested in business and career success.
“In China, you’ll see people display paintings of horses in their homes and offices – it’s considered good luck,” said Lin, a 33-year-old Jefferson High graduate who runs China Fortune with his wife Sandy and other family members.
Lin, who moved to the United States as a teenager, operates the business begun by his father. Nearly a decade ago, the two of them came up with the idea of making Chinese New Year something special for China Fortune customers.
Normally, the restaurant doesn’t offer the all-you-can-eat style, preferring a quality over quantity approach, Lin said. But because a number of customers had asked about a buffet, Lin said he and his father decided to serve one as part of the Chinese New Year celebration.
“It was a big hit – the feedback we heard let us know this was something our customers really loved,” Lin said. “We offered it the next year and got the same kind of response, and that’s how it became a tradition for us.”
Lin explains that while China Fortune’s buffet is priced higher than some Chinese buffets in the region – $16.95 for adults or $8.95 for children 6 to 12 – customers have their pick of sushi and other dishes made with pricier ingredients, including scallops, jumbo shrimp and duck.
Many won’t pay full price for the buffet either, as China Fortune extends special Chinese New Year deals for patrons born in the Year of the Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 and 2002) or who have birthdays between Thursday and Saturday. Customers also may order from the regular menu, Lin said.
In China, New Year celebrations often go on for as long as two weeks. Lin said he and his extended family – including his 7- and 4-year-old daughters Jessie and Vivian, his younger sister and brother-in-law, plus in-laws and cousins – will gather at the restaurant after hours next week for their own new year’s feast.
Even though this week’s special events mean postponing his own Chinese New Year festivities, Lin said it pleases him to be able to mark Chinese New Year with customers, old and new.
“What’s most important to us is to say thank you to our customers and to have them be part of what is such a special time of year in the Chinese culture,” he said. “We’re happy to have the chance to wish them a wonderful new year.”
Want to celebrate?
What: Chinese New Year celebration with special buffet When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Where: China Fortune restaurant at 1189 S.
George St. in Charles Town
To reserve seats: Call 304-725-8868 or 304-725-3499