Established in 1974, Henry’s Hunan Restaurant was founded by Zhu’s grandfather to weave the distinctive flavors of Hunan Province cuisine into a family-oriented dining experience for San Franciscans. Zhu himself was born in Hunan, China and immigrated to the United States in 1982 to join the family business. His first job in the restaurant business was as a dishwasher in Chinatown. In 2010, Eddie opened the Excelsior location of Henry’s Hunan at 4753 Mission Street at the site of the historic Granada Café.
Since Zhu and his family have taken over the former Granada Café, they have brought life back to this community institution.
Although he has only been in the neighborhood a short time, Zhu has proven to be a generous and stalwart advocate for the Excelsior community. Whether it is opening up his restaurant for community meetings, contributing food to neighborhood events, or participating as a Steering Committee member in the Excelsior Action Group, Zhu constantly finds ways to support community efforts.
In addition to its community advocacy, Henry’s Hunan also serves up a mean meal! The successful chain has earned high praise from the New Yorker magazine and a four and a half star rating on Yelp.com. “It’s a place where I go when I want to celebrate,” Kathryn Kathman, Excelsior Action Group Steering Committee Chair remarked, “But it’s also a place to go when I’ve had a hard day. I know I can find comfort food for the heart and the soul at Henry’s Hunan! I’m so glad the restaurant was chosen for this award, Eddie and his family really deserve it!”