Red Bank restaurants will open their doors in China’s new capital, Shanghai, with a menu that is more like the Asian food in America.
In the coming weeks, they will be joined by a new outpost at Shanghai’s famous Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site that houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of ancient Chinese art.
And on March 3, the Red Bank restaurant will open its doors to a new generation of diners at a special event at the Chinese Cultural Center in Shanghai.
For its part, Austin-based A-B InBev is preparing to open a restaurant in Shanghai, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A-Brands brand manager Scott C. Miller said in a statement that the Austin-born restaurant is aiming to “create a sense of intimacy and shared history through the fusion of culinary and cultural experiences.”
The Austin-founded restaurant, which is in its third year, is set to open in the historic heart of the Chinese city, but it is also being eyed for its sister location in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
The A-brands restaurant will be the first to open to the public in China.
A Red Bank native, Miller, a former executive at Apple, has worked at restaurants in Shanghai and Shanghai Disneyland for the last two years.
His wife, Stephanie Miller, owns the company that runs Red Bank.
Red Bank is not the first Austin-sourced restaurant to open.
Austin-made Red Oak BBQ and The Austin House in Austin were both in China, as well as a Red Oak and Red Bank joint in Dallas.
Both restaurants have been in China since 2008.
In 2012, the first Red Oak restaurant opened in the Shanghai market.
In 2013, Red Oak’s sister restaurant, Red Bank, opened in Beijing.
A new Red Bank location opened in Shanghai in late 2017.
The Red Bank and Red Oak restaurants are owned by the same company, Red Oaks Restaurants.
The name Red Oak is an acronym for Red Oak Farm, an Austin-related nonprofit that focuses on food, agriculture and sustainability.
Red Oak Farms, Redbranch, Redwoods, Red Hills, Red Bonsai, Redwood, Redbrook, Redbud, Redcreek, Red Hill and Redwood Farms were all founded in China in the 1980s and ’90s.