1740 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Only a year apart in age, brother and sister Jennifer and Daniel Chang
fought a lot as children, but as adults they have operated a successful
Chinese restaurant for 22 years and consider themselves best friends.
Originally from Taiwan, the Chang family moved to Bolivia before eventually
relocating to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jennifer and Daniel speak fluent
Chinese, Spanish, and English. The siblings started J. D. China in
Evelyn Hills in 1985 where they served local clients fresh cooked meals
as well as an all-you-can-eat buffet for 17 years. Unlike other Chinese
restaurants with buffets, everything is cooked fresh daily at J. D. China.
“I had always liked to cook, and my mother was a great cook, so
we put all our recipes together and opened a restaurant,” Jennifer said.
“We are really grateful that we have received the support of the local
community. Our customers are just like family.”
Needing more space, they bought land on 6th Street in 2000 and
opened the doors of their new restaurant in 2002. Instead of
the 15 tables and one buffet at the Evelyn Hills location, the new restaurant,
in Fayetteville, Arkansas, seats 250 people and has six buffets with
fresh seafood, sushi, many vegetarian plates, and customer favorites like
apple fritters and banana bread. It also includes a private banquet
room that seats 60-70. Jennifer said her loyal customers followed
her to the new location, and she has picked up new business from Farmington,
the bypass, and the nearby schools.
Even though it has grown tremendously, J. D. China is still a
family affair. While Daniel manages the kitchen, preparing fresh
chinese foods. Jennifer takes care of the front, and her two sons
help out part of the time. Her oldest son, Derek Lee, recently graduated
from the University of Arkansas with a degree in kinesiology and plans
to travel to China soon. Her youngest son, Kenton Lee, attends Woodland
Junior High where he plays football. Daniel’s children, Victor and
Veronica Chang, also work part time while they attend college.
After running the restaurant for so many years, Jennifer said
she is seeing the second generation of clients come in.
Although J. D. China is known for its all-you-can-eat buffets,
they also offer daily specials, a full menu of made-to-order meals, to-go
meals, and a drive through window. Stop by for a great authentic
Chinese meal any day of the week between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. at 1740 W.
6th Street in Fayetteville, Arkansas.