Shanghai Bistro is in beautiful Hudson, Wisconsin. This restaurant serves American Chinese and award winning Sushi in an upscale environment, while striving to provide friendly service and excellent food.
Shanghai Bistro is the brain child of chef/owner Henry Chan. The building that used to house the Eau Claire restaurant was previously Yen King, Henry’s parents’ Chinese restaurant. Henry worked at Yen King during his formative years, but never really had the desire to continue to work in the restaurant industry. Little did he know of what the future had in store for him…
In high school Henry started his first business, Revolutions Motorsports. He initially started the business so he could buy aftermarket car parts for himself at wholesale prices. He started selling to his friends and the business grew and grew. In the summer of 1999 Henry found a store front in Altoona, Wisconsin and dropped out of college to run the business full time.
It was through traveling for business with Revolutions that Henry started experiencing the culinary world outside of Olive Garden and Red Lobster. On one trip to Vegas some Japanese purveyors took him out for sushi for the very first time—he fell in love.
Within two years Revolutions Motorsports grew from a tiny little business to a worldwide operation. At this point the business had turned into something Henry didn’t want to manage anymore. He sold Revolutions and decided to retire.
After a couple of years of traveling and living the life of leisure, Henry got bored and decided to take over Yen King. With help from his dad, Henry gutted, remodeled and added a sushi bar to the restaurant. Henry learned the Chinese dishes from his dad, and then hired master sushi chef, Toshihiro, to come teach him sushi. Now, here I could say, “And the rest is history!” but I have two more restaurants to tell you about.
A couple of years later, Henry was looking to try something different. With a new concept in mind, Giapponese opened on January 4, 2008 in Woodbury, Minnesota. Henry got rid of the Chinese and chose to focus more on sushi and fusion creations. Giapponese quickly gained many regular customers and after two years was named “Best Sushi in the Twin Cities” by “City Pages”. The Giapponese concept was not as successful as Henry had hoped it would be, so in June 2010, Giapponese re-opened as Shanghai Bistro. Then in April 2011, the Woodbury restaurant moved to a larger space in Stillwater.
In the spring 2009, Henry was getting restless again. After seeing a “For Lease” sign on an old Country Kitchen building in Hudson, Wisconsin he knew what he had to do. He inquired and soon was gutting the interior of yet another restaurant. The third Shanghai Bistro opened to the public on February 7, 2010.