the amount of revenue GanQiShi makes per year
collar workers and students can be found in these eateries throughout the day.
Born and raised in Wenling, a small town in Zhejiang province, Tong remembers steamed buns, or baozi, as a very popular food among people in the countryside. To him, a delicious steamed bun was a treat reserved for special occasions. Every bite was precious.
When he grew up, Tong was an enterprising man who had experimented with running several businesses. Some of his previous ventures include a clothing shop, a beauty salon and an Internet bar. But it was ultimately his undying love for steam buns that convinced him to open a restaurant selling just that in 2009.
Having tasted success in his own country, Tong has now set his sights beyond China’s borders. This May, he will open his first restaurant in Havard Square in Boston. His second overseas branch on Rhode Island will commence operations in August. Tong said that he plans to open between 20 and 30 branches in the East Coast’s New England region in the US by 2020.
One of the main reasons behind his overseas expansion is his desire to share with the