Meet the Merchant: Katie Liu-Sung

Posted on 07/13/2017
Katie Liu-SungJuly 13, 2017

This is Katie Liu-Sung. She's the chef and owner of a new Japanese-style tapas restaurant called CHEWOLOGY {Gyoza Bar & Kushiyaki}, that will open in September October. We asked Katie some questions about her business, the importance of supporting local entrepreneurs, and why she can't wait to join the Public Market.

Q. Describe your business concept for the market. And is it new or an additional location?
A. CHEWOLOGY will offer Japanese gyoza (pan-fried dumplings), grilled skewer appetizers, specialty East Asian dough-based dishes, and drinks. We intend for this to be an innovative test space before expanding to second, larger restaurant with a more extensive menu in the future.

Q. If it is a new concept, how’d you come up with the idea?
A. It’s not a new concept but it is new for the area. We decided to bring this to the area because we enjoy hanging out with friends and family and believe it will bring much joy to the community!

Q. But what do you really do?
A. Cheap labor, that’s what I do. All, joking aside, I’m the visioner who will bring the CHEWOLOGY concept to life.

Q. What excites you about the Lenexa Public Market?
A. The reputable neighbors, being part of the city with amazing vision, and last but not least — the demo kitchen space! For us bringing a new concept to the area, I believe being able to showcase and demonstrate the art of dough will be very beneficial for our restaurant model.

Q. What might surprise someone to know about your business?
A. We’ve been in planning for 10 years.

Q. What makes your business unique?
A. Traditional Japanese Izakaya with our Midwest twist.

Q. What is one thing you hope customers say after they leave your restaurant/shop?
A. I can’t wait to come back again!

Q. What made you get into this business?
A. I love the restaurant industry — the relationship built over food is undeniable. Food is one of the few art forms that require audiences to complete the process, and that’s why I’m so drawn to the industry. There's just something about the interaction between people, the connection we make, the experience we share!

Q. Why should people support local businesses?
A. There’s no reason people should support local business over national chain. It’s ultimately the customers' own choice. However, for me personally, knowing the people behind the business(es) builds a special bond. Knowing we share the same value and understanding the city well to make decision based on what’s best for area is a great feeling.

Q. What’s the coolest thing you’re working on?
A. Currently, working with a construction company closely makes me feel like Bob the Builder and that’s pretty cool!

Q. Favorite lunch spot?
A. Weekend brunch at home with family (cooking together)! Soon at CHEWOLOGY {Gyoza Bar & Kushiyaki}!

Q. Where might someone find you if you weren’t at work?
A. Home, coffee shops or local food establishments most of the time!