Aaron Cheng, at just 29, has an entire portfolio of restaurants to his name.
In Asheville, where he’s now a full-time resident, he’s opened two locations of Yum Sushi Burrito and Poke. He’s since opened another in Johnson City, Tennessee, and has plans for more.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he also launched a whole new concept: The Madness Sushi, Burger and Bar, at 275 Smokey Park Highway.
It’s been so popular that Cheng will add a new location in late summer at 1020 Merrimon Ave., the former site of Early Girl North and, before that, Ambrozia.
The Hong Kong-born Cheng, who moved stateside at 8 years old, was raised in a family where the food business was central.
After launching a few Chinese buffets and takeout restaurants, his parents and extended family found success with the Cajun seafood restaurant Surfing Crab, which has multiple locations in Texas and