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Outdoor Bash Will Celebrate 7 Years of Kung Food in Covington!

Johnny Chu, owner of the popular KungFood Chu's AmerAsia on Madison Avenue in Covington, just returned from a visit to his native Taiwan.

And he brought back ideas for new items to add to the menu that already packs a punch (and a crowd) at lunch and dinner. "It's the people here. We have no idea how our food is becoming a trend," Chu laughed in an interview with The River City News. "It's the quirky stuff like KungFood, Kung Fu Chicken, a funny, out-of-this-world menu. People are loving it. If I can be myself and goof around with this menu, I think we're going to be just fine.

So far, so good. On Saturday, October 3, Chu will celebrate his seventh anniversary with a party at KungFood. Though the restaurant traces its origins in downtown Covington to the early 1990's, it wasn't until Chu and his family took over that it became a distinctly popular Covington destination.

And now it will throw a festival in its own honor. Chu is welcoming everyone to celebrate the occasion in the parking lot behind the restaurant which is located at 521 Madison Avenue.

What's on the party menu? Free giveaways including 50 custom-made stainless steel beer mugs for the first 50 people, and other swag. Local breweries will bring special brews just for the occasion, including a Vanilla Coffee Helltown Rye-OT by Christian Moerlein, a Blood Orange Psychopathy and a Pumpcan by Madtree, the Five Spice Spike and Truth from Rhinegeist, and Covington's own Braxton Brewing Company will bring October Fuel.

A live funk band - Thelonius Crunk - and DJs BSP and AstroPat will be on hand.

Naturally, food will be served off the menu. Bring cash!

The party runs from 4 - 10 p.m.

If you come, you may get a glimpse into Chu's mind about his plans for the future. "We want to simplify the menu. We want to bring the late night industry people in. In Taiwan, I saw a lot of new food. I'll start trying out some prototypes in a month or so," Chu said.

Even farther out, Chu may explore adding life to the restaurant's second floor and may add a karaoke night, too.

With Wabi Sabi now open and longtime Covington staple Riverside Korean, Madison Avenue is a serious destination for serious fans of Asian cuisine. Chu hopes to build upon that. 

"My goal is still to turn Madison Avenue into an Asian town," he said. "All we need is Vietnamese, Indian, perhaps Thai. Right now we've got three, so why not? Hopefully in the Chinese New Year we can bring dragon dancers to Covington!"

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Johnny Chu unveils his new sign (RCN file)