It was the moment many in Pictou County had hoped would happen last week when it was announced online that Chinese food restaurant Ming’s would be reopening. The popular dine-in, take out and buffet restaurant located at the top of Provost Street in New Glasgow closed in 2016 when the business owners, Simon, and Virginia Yu decided to retire.
After some time to think it over and having had the idea floating around in the back of his head, Calvin Yu, son of Simon and Virginia decided to start the business up once again, this time bringing on his wife Sue Kajic and long-time friend and now business partner, Andrew Thisby.
“It’s very flattering,” said Yu about the big reaction on social media where he shared the news via the facebook page for BaKED, the cafe next to the restaurant which Yu also owns. “It means a lot to my parents,” he shared about the very positive reactions they have been getting over the reopening.
After having taken some time off Yu and Kajic began talking about reopening the popular spot and from there excitement for what could be, only grew.
“There’s excitement about doing things a little differently, making it my own,” Yu said. Loyal previous customers having nothing to fear though, Yu added that after some brainstorming over how they would like to improve service they dove into aspects of the business such as ensuring that any environmental concern was taken out of the business. He shared that with such a large takeout business as well as a buffet there was a lot of packaging and food waste happening and he is hoping to make that aspect more environmentally friendly.
“We’re obviously going to stick to the staples,” he said in regard to the menu also adding that there are some things that they will be taking away and some new things they love that they will be adding.
“The joke is I was born into it,” Yu said about the restaurant. Along with having worked at Ming’s for 10 years prior to the closing Yu and Thisby have both been in the hospitality and restaurant business for some time.
“I know what Ming’s has always been to the county,” said Thisby who moved from Toronto to help Yu with the venture. Thisby had also previously worked at the restaurant and visited it countless times before so he is well acquainted with the business itself.
Currently, Yu and Thisby are seeing wait staff and other positions for the restaurant, although no firm date for reopening has been set as of yet.
Clavin Yu, left, and Andrew Thisby, right, stand outside of Ming’s after announcing last week that the popular restaurant will be reopening. (Brimicombe photo)