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The city of Watertown just got a bit more cultured. China B-1, Watertown’s new Chinese restaurant, opened its doors June 23 and with it, no doubt, is another step in advancing and growing downtown’s Lewis Street.

Store owner Song Liu and his wife Bing Gao came to the United States over 14 years ago. Traveling all the way from Fujian, a city located in the southeast coast of mainland China, just northwest of the Island of Taiwan, certainly forced the couple to adjust to a new way of life.

Liu and Gao first made Rogers, Minnesota their home before moving to Watertown just this year. Liu and Gao left the city of Fujian and its population of over 37 million people — which is about 6 million more people than the whole state of Texas — in search of a more quiet, quaint community.

Luckily for the city of Watertown, Liu and Gao brought their Chinese background and implemented it into Chinese-American cuisine that is now featured at their new restaurant, China B-1.

China B-1 features many of the typical favorite Chinese-American foods, such as fried rice, lo mein, egg rolls, sweet and sour chicken and beef and broccoli. But they also feature an array of unique dishes not always featured on a typical Chinese take-out menu. Items such as seafood tofu soup, coconut chicken and a specialty dish called Happy Family, which puts in concert shrimp, scallops, pork, beef, chicken, mushrooms, broccoli and snow peas all in a specialty made brown sauce.

Unlike other Chinese take-out restaurants, China B-1 features a special diet portion on the menu. These menu items offer low calorie options like shrimp or chicken, with a medley of vegetables and rice.

If you’re trying to pinch a penny or two, be sure to stop into China B-1 for amazing lunch deals. Between the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., China-B1 offers 22 lunch specials for just $5.50. Choose from traditional favorites like General Tso’s chicken, chow mein and pepper steak. Each lunch special is served with fried rice and a cheese wonton.

China B-1 is located at 300 Lewis Ave. S. in Watertown. You can also place your order by phone for fast and easy pick-up at (952) 683-1657.