Home>News Center>Sports

Yao Ming's parents open restaurant in Houston
Updated: 2005-02-22 11:06

Yao's parents are opening the Yao Restaurant and Bar on the west side of Houston, about three miles from the city's thriving Chinatown.

Yao Restaurant & Bar, owned by NBA All-Star center Yao Ming's parents, opens Monday in west Houston. [newsphoto/file]

The one and a half million dollar venture combines Chinese food with a sports bar.

It's owned by Yao's father Yao Zhiyuan and mother Fang Fengdi. They're both former members of China's national teams.

The restaurant employs a chef, but it will feature some of his mother's home-cooked specialties, including Yao's favorite -- chicken soup with shiitake mushrooms.

Yao, 24, is a native of Shanghai, eastern China.

He's in his third season with the Houston Rockets. The All-Star center is not directly involved with the restaurant, but his parents did include special accommodations for his 7-foot-6 frame.

Chairs in a special VIP room are built to fit NBA players and the doors are ten feet high so tall customers won't have to duck.

Adam Scott wins Nissan Open
NBA all-star game in Denver
Pistons beat 76ers 93-75
  Today's Top News     Top Sports News

DPRK renews hope for six-party dialogue



Chirac, Bush discuss China arms embargo



Income gap grows wider in Beijing



Ministers stress Sino-UK co-operation



Economy cooling, price figures indicate



China vows to keep its environment clean


  Agassi wins in first appearance at Dubai
  Skater Wang crowned World Cup champion
  Scott wins rain-shortened Nissan Open
  Trading deadline this week in NBA
  Sneakerheads compete for rare Nikes
  East beats West 125-115 at NBA all-stars
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools