By David A. Sohn ByThe Associated PressPublished June 30, 2018 9:23:04TEMPE, Ariz.
(AP) It’s a Chinese-style chicken noodle bowl, a glass of wine, a cup of coffee and a bottle of champagne in the kitchen of a restaurant in the heart of Phoenix.
The menu is an American twist on traditional Chinese dishes.
A Chinese-inspired ice cream sandwich, a slice of chocolate cake and a plate of ice cream all go on the menu.
It’s all about quality.
For years, chefs here have tried to make their meals more American and more local.
And they’ve succeeded, creating an environment where locals eat out more often.
“It’s very rare to come across a restaurant that is not based in Phoenix, Arizona,” said Mark Hager, executive director of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
“You get to be part of the fabric of this place.”
In the U.S., China is the world’s largest economy.
It has more than 70 million people and accounts for a third of the global economy.
In 2016, China opened its first restaurant in downtown Phoenix, a rare move in a country that traditionally restricts public visits.
But Chinese restaurants here are not a new phenomenon.
They have been popping up across the U