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Downtown shuffle under way

Subtle changes taking place at small businesses


Customers make selections from the buffet line at the House of Szechwan on Friday evening. The longtime downtown restaurant is under new ownership and the owners hope to bring back business that has declined since the original owner Jason Du first sold the business about six years ago. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

New owners of a long-standing downtown eatery hope to breathe new life into the establishment as another restaurant looks to close.

Meanwhile, other business owners in the historic heart of the city are making decisions about the future as the year comes to a close.

At the House of Szechwan, Jane Chen and her stepson Hui Liu say they don’t plan to make any major changes but they hope to bring back the lively atmosphere that permeated the 137 W. Columbus Ave. Chinese restaurant under its original owner Jason Du, who sold the business about six years ago, but still owns the building.

“It’s not a lot of change, but we will put some more combinations on the menu,” Ms. Chen said, noting that her husband Huan Liu has more than 18 years’ cooking experience, managing two other successful restaurants around the Troy area from where the family hails.

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