By Wally Kennedy
JOPLIN, Mo. —
One of Joplin’s longest-running Asian restaurants has recently reopened.
Fortune East, located at the northeast corner of 10th Street and Maiden Lane, closed on Nov. 27 because of a medical condition involving the owner, James Chiu.
“I’m OK now,” Chiu said. “But it took six months off to get well.”
Chiu said he was concerned about reopening because he was afraid his loyal customers had found other Asian restaurants at which to dine.
“So far, so good,” he said. “Our friends are coming back. We’ve got flowers everywhere from people who are happy to see we have come back.”
The restaurant, which also is operated by Chiu’s wife, Martha, is known for its spicy chicken wings, pad thai, jalapeno chicken and Hawaiian rice. Another signature item is freshly prepared egg rolls.
“Our egg rolls are never frozen,” Chiu said. “Always fresh.”
Fortune East started in 1978 in a former Dog ’n Suds restaurant location on the east side of the 2700 block of South Range Line Road. The restaurant, which operated there for many years, is now in its third Joplin location in a shopping center at 1515 W. 10th St.
THE RESTAURANT, which employs about eight people, has inside dining and a drive-through window for carryout orders. Orders may be placed via 781-3188.