The caller, Fred St. John, was referring to Zhang Zhang (known by his customers as John Chang). Zhang was the manager of the Foo Kin Restaurant when it opened about five years ago at 48 Pioneer St.
St. John said the Foo Kin prepared legendary Chinese food when it first opened. The owners, however, sold the business after about a year. The business was sold again after another two years.
During that time, Zhang opened a small restaurant just outside Cooperstown for a few years and then moved to Waterville to run his brother's restaurant for another two years.
But Cooperstown was calling him back.
"I just like it much better in Cooperstown," Zhang said. "The people are so friendly."
So a few months ago, he bought the Foo Kin with the aim of bringing it back to its original glory. Last week, the restaurant opened again under a modified name: Foo Kin John Restaurant.
Zhang said word has not spread yet about his return, so business is a little slow. But the people who are coming in have noticed a difference.
"They know that something is better," Zhang said.
That something boils down to two things, according to Zhang. The Foo Kin's original chef is back in the kitchen and all of the food is made to order.
"We have to make sure everything is fresh," Zhang said.
The Foo Kin is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. during the week, and 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekends. Take-out service is available by calling 547-2868. Read what Family Circle Magazine has to say about us.