Chinese restaurant chains are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. and Canada, and in China, one restaurant has been doing so for nearly a decade.
The Arby’s in Houston is now the second-best-selling Chinese restaurant in America, according to the latest data from the National Association of Restaurant and Lodging Businesses.
Arby’s is a chain of restaurants in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado that specializes in making Chinese food.
The restaurant in Houston sells everything from chicken wings to pizza to chicken tikka masala.
The food at the Arby has an authentic flavor, said Alix F. Gans, a Houston lawyer who has represented Chinese restaurants and restaurateurs in litigation.
“It’s a big difference in what they’re doing,” she said.
Arbys’ popularity in the United States is growing, according for example to a report by Zagat, a restaurant analytics company.
The restaurant has a loyal customer base in Houston and a loyal fan base in China.
Fans said she hopes that the restaurant can expand beyond the Houston market to China.
“They can take it to a whole other level in the world,” she added.
Gans said that the Arbys popularity in China is due in part to its focus on quality.
“We’ve got a really good team and it’s an extremely professional team,” she explained.
“It’s all about doing things right.”
The restaurant’s success in China has also helped it attract customers.
It is also a major draw for Chinese investors in Houston.
In January, a $1.9 billion Chinese investment package was announced by the Chinese government, which included a $300 million Chinese state-owned company.
Gans told ABC News that she is optimistic about Arbys prospects in China and that she hopes the Chinese authorities will allow it to expand there.
“I’m hopeful that they will give it a chance,” she told ABC.
“And then it’s on to the next market.”
Arbys is not the only Chinese restaurant to be expanding in Houston, with other restaurants also expanding there.
A restaurant in downtown Houston is known as the “Chicken Alley” and is open for lunch only.
Other Chinese restaurants are also expanding in other markets.
One of the most popular restaurants in Houston right now is the “Tiger Room,” a Chinese restaurant with an American menu, located in the Southland District.