The Sun Rises Again

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By STAR RE­PORTER

The news was not un­com­mon but still quite shock­ing. It was another vi­cious at­tack on an in­no­cent vic­tim, this time a 27 year old Chi­nese na­tional some time last year, amidst an ap­par­ent crime wave. The young man was an em­ployee of the Sun­roof Chi­nese Restau­rant, lo­cated at Marisule.

“The news came as quite a shock to us,” says Stephen Liu owner of Sun­roof Restau­rant. “We rushed him to Ta­pion hos­pi­tal and he had lost quite a lot of blood from the knife wound which had pierced his ab­domen. He was re­ally fight­ing for his life and we were told to ex­pect the worst. My wife, who is the man­ager of the restau­rant, was in Trinidad at the time and flew back im­me­di­ately. We did all that we could for him and in the end he pulled through,” Liu re­counted. “We were very re­lieved and happy. I’d rather lose ev­ery­thing than a life,” he stressed.

The res­tau­tant re­mained closed for a while as Liu and his wife con­tem­plated their next move. My wife was re­ally shaken up over what hap­pened and so when we were ap­proached with an of­fer from a buyer to take over the restau­rant, we de­cided to sell,” Liu tells the STAR. How­ever, the new own­ers who of­fered a Caribbean menu could not sus­tain the restau­rant; nei­ther could they full­fill their obli­ga­tions to pay off Stephen Liu. And so, after care­ful re­view, he says he de­cided to re­open the Sun­roof Restau­rant.

“I know we had quite a lot of cus­tomers in the area, es­pe­cially from the busi­nesses around, as well as peo­ple from all over who liked what we of­fered and wanted us back. So here we are,” Liu says with a smile.

Sun­roof Restau­rant caters to lunch and din­ner with take­away and fine din­ing avail­able. The am­biance at the lo­ca­tion is like no other, with a quaint out­door gar­den where pa­trons can en­joy their meals, as well as the re­lax­ing in­te­rior dé­cor with its five star restau­rant look but at af­ford­able prices. Liu says he has been in­volved in the restau­rant business now for more than 10 years and al­ways seeks to of­fer qual­ity prod­ucts at af­ford­able prices and with great ser­vice. He first started in Guyana in 1999 where to­day one of his ma­jor restau­rants em­ploys a com­ple­ment of 100. Here in Saint Lu­cia, along with some part­ners, he opened “Great En­ter­prise” on Mon­gi­raud Street in 2003, but has since sold his shares.

Now along with eight staff, four of whom are Saint Lu­cian, he in­tends to fo­cus on mak­ing the Sun­roof Restau­rant one of the best around. “We will be of­fer­ing great lunch spe­cials daily. For ex­am­ple we will of­fer things like shrimp and lob­ster at dif­fer­ent times at very low prices dur­ing those spe­cials,” he says. He adds that very soon he will also be bring­ing in two lo­cal chefs to of­fer lo­cal take­away lunches.

The Sun­roof Restau­rant is also avail­able for cater­ing and can also be used for small re­cep­tions. “We are just very happy to be back and thank­ful for the support we have re­ceived so far and we do look for­ward to serv­ing our cus­tomers again and wel­com­ing some new ones too,” Liu ends by say­ing.

The invit­ing out­door set­ting of the Sun­roof Restau­rant at Marisule.

An up­beat Stephen Liu looks for­ward to wel­com­ing

cus­tomers back to the Sun­roof Restau­rant.

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