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Chester's Japanese restaurant, UMI, (pronounced oom-mee) held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for government leaders and the business community to sample their cuisine – and sample it they did.
“It's good, it's very good,” said Chester Chamber of Commerce President Jim Fuller.
UMI owner Peter Lin offered nearly 20 guests a mid-morning menu of hibachi steak, chicken and shrimp, brown fried rice, General Tso's chicken, sweet and sour chicken, crab wontons, spring rolls, UMI chicken wings and wonderfully steamed Japanese peas called edamame. Lin, who relocated to Chester from Mt. Pleasant, says he's delighted to call Chester his new home.
“I'm happy to be in this community,” Lin said. “It's good people, everybody's been nice to me.”
UMI, at 510 B.C. Moore Dr. Suite E, is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. The phone number is 385-3600. Lin says customers are welcome to dine in or order take out. Lin came to Chester to offer “something special,” he said. He also considered the local community when setting his menu prices so everyone could have an opportunity to enjoy his food, he added.
“Our prices are cheaper to serve more people,” Lin said.
Menu items consist of onion or miso soup for $1.50. Lunch specials, served until 3 p.m., range in price from $4.50 to $5.75 These meals include a Hibachi Vegetable plate, Teriyaki Chicken, Sesame Chicken or Hibachi Chicken & Shrimp or Hibachi Chicken & Steak, all prepared by UMI Chef Zhen Lin. Meals are served with fried rice and vegetables and all are prepared with 100 percent vegetable oil, Lin said.
“Everything is healthy,” he said.
There are chicken, shrimp and steak bowls all served with steamed or fried rice. Appetizers include crab wonton, gyoza and tempura shrimp. UMI also serves fish and chips, chicken tenders and chips, and steak, chicken and shrimp ramen (flour noodles).
During Tuesday's grand opening, Red Cross Director Jim Mayhugh was the winner of a special drawing for a $35 dinner to UMI. Trina Whitesides of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce and Christi Buffington of Chester County Chamber of Commerce had unanimous responses to their early morning meal.
“It's delicious!” both women said.