New Family-Style Restaurant Owners Hope To Aid Community | Local Business News

A new restaurant called The Farm House is now open at 650 W. Andrew Johnson Highway, and its owners say they are eager to build this new business with the goal of helping others.

Located in the building that once housed The Diamond House Chinese restaurant and more recently Chang Thai, The Farm House is a joint venture between cook Ricardo Camacho, who also owns El Chilango food truck, and Yasmin Huertas, a 2020 Greeneville High School graduate and current East Tennessee State University student.

The Farm House opened in mid-March, but Huertas and Camacho said the story behind it began years ago.

“A few years back my dad and Ricardo worked together, and they used to talk about going into business together and opening a restaurant,” Huertas explained. “Dad finally opened a little store that became Costa del Sol a few years later, and Ricardo opened his food truck.”

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Help! Every restaurant is booked up and I blame Millennials

Here’s a kitchen confession I think it’s time to make. Before lockdown last year I had never used a food delivery app. Not even once.

I was so clueless that when I saw the TV adverts with all the different bags of Chinese, Indian and Italian food being delivered, I genuinely thought you could order them all at once and they would be brought together. I know, right?

Fast forward a year of getting heartily bored of my own cooking and I am, if not quite fluent in JustEat, at least capable of finding my way round an online menu.

Like in prison or boarding school, staying home to save lives made eating the focus of every day. Much has already been written about the damnable curse of family lunches; a lovely, leisurely highlight if you’re renting a villa on Sardinia and browsing the morning catch on the village jetty.

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Lido Chinese Restaurant to close after 30 years in OKC Asian District

The rumors are true: Lido Chinese Restaurant, 2518 Military Dr., will close next week when March ends. 

Much to the chagrin of my esteemed colleague Steve Lackmeyer, the 30-year-old restaurant that helped build the Asian District as we know it today is packing up its wonton soup, it’s claypots and vermicelli bowls and calling it a career.

Since December, rumors have swirled around social media about the future of the restaurant. Owner Eric Ly spoke with me briefly last week and confirmed he planned to close at month’s end.

“It’s time,” he said. “Thirty years is a long time.”

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I’d hoped to sit down with Eric for a longer interview, but his

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Chinese restaurant Joy’s Village attracts students with its homey environment and homemade food

Joy’s Village storefront located near north campus. Credit: Christian Harsa | Asst. Photo Editor

Tucked in the basement of a plaza on the corner of North High Street and Woodruff Avenue is Joy’s Village, a family-owned Chinese restaurant voted best international food near campus by Lantern readers this year.

Joy’s Village has served the Ohio State and Columbus communities since 1986, making it a well-established spot for students to find authentic Chinese cuisine, Ivy Choo, co-owner of Joy’s Village, said. 

Choo’s husband, Jackie, took over from the previous owner 30 years ago and has served authentic Chinese, Cantonese and Hunan cuisine ever since. 

“Everything is made from scratch –– that includes the sauce and other ingredients used in our recipe,” Ivy Choo said. “The recipe is based on a family recipe from Jackie and his brothers.”

Popular menu items include General Tso’s chicken, orange chicken and mapo tofu, Choo said,

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