110 E. Walnut Street - Oglesby, Illinois 61348  ·  Phone: 815-883-3389

Oriental Kitchen

December 3, 2013 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk, Uncategorized

Yawei Liang and his father man the kitchen at Oriental Kitchen in Oglesby. Liang, equipped with years of experience in Chinese restaurant kitchens, went out on his own in 2003 when he and his wife Tracy opened their downtown storefront.

Yawei Liang and his father man the kitchen at Oriental Kitchen in Oglesby. Liang, equipped with years of experience in Chinese restaurant kitchens, went out on his own in 2003 when he and his wife Tracy opened their downtown storefront. (Photo by James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography)

Yawei and Tracy Liang are no strangers to the Chinese restaurant business.

Both worked in family restaurants before meeting at a restaurant in Ottawa at which they were both employed. They were eventually married and, in January of 2003, decided to start a restaurant of their own, Oriental Kitchen in downtown Oglesby.

Yawei and Tracy Liang started Oriental Kitchen in January of 2003.

Yawei and Tracy Liang started Oriental Kitchen in January of 2003. (Photo by James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography)

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“My husband decided to go off on his own,” Tracy says of the venture.

The Liangs were attracted to Oglesby, she said, for a few reasons. The Walnut Street location appealed to her husband because he wanted a downtown storefront. And the small-town location appealed to Tracy because she, a native of nearby Serena, didn’t want to be too far from home.

The move has served them well, as they recently celebrated 10 years in business and now call Oglesby home.

While most of its business is take-out, Oriental Kitchen has a modest dining room for dine-in customers. Among its most popular dishes are mongolian beef, orange chicken, General Tao’s chicken. They accept both Visa and MasterCard.

(Photos courtesy of James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography.)