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.
“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.)