Yuen and Peter Yung are on a roll.
Five months after appearing on ABC’s "Shark Tank," the brothers are overseeing a rapid expansion of How Do You Roll?, their locally based chain of fast-casual sushi restaurants.
They walked away from the hit TV show with a $1 million investment, which is helping fuel the growth. By year’s end, the Yungs expect to have a total of 15 locations in four states, with plans to add as many as 25 more in each of the next five years.
"A lot of things are happening right now," Yuen Yung said. "We’re really picking up steam as we work to build a national brand."
Their appearance also generated interest from a number of potential franchisees outside the U.S., with deals in the works for as many as 30 new restaurants in Canada and 40 in the Middle East.
Yuen estimates at least 80 percent of the recent inquiries the company has received from interested investors are due to the exposure How Do You Roll? got on "Shark Tank."
"I didn’t realize ‘Shark Tank’ was so big internationally," Yuen Yung said. "We weren’t necessarily looking to go overseas, but we got some offers we just couldn’t refuse."
The success they’re seeing is something Yuen Yung said he never could have imagined when the first How Do You Roll? location opened its doors in 2008.
"We’re just two brothers — immigrants — living the American dream, trying to make the world better," he said.
After 12 years, Jenni Lee exits Fox 7
KTBC and Jenni Lee, the station’s weekend news anchor, have parted ways.
A University of Texas graduate, Lee joined Fox 7 in 2001, after spending time at the CBS affiliate in Bryan/College Station.
"I am extremely grateful for my 12 years at Fox," Lee told the American-Statesman. "After all, I met my husband on a story! I am leaving with great memories and friends. Thanks to those who allowed me into their homes to tell them about all sorts of crazy things. I am staying in Austin and will probably run into you on the streets."
Reporters Lauren Petrowski and Daniel Armbruster will be filling in until a new weekend anchor is hired, a station spokeswoman said.
Lee is the latest in a string of high-profile employees to leave the station in recent months, including morning anchors Katherine Kisiel and Greg Kerr and longtime sports director Dave Cody.
Telemundo newscaster heads for Chicago
News anchor Karla Leal, part of the team that helped launch local news on Austin’s Telemundo affiliate, has left the station after four years.
Leal, who also delivered weather forecasts, has landed a reporter gig at WSNS, the Telemundo station in Chicago, where she’ll be featured on the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. Her first day is Aug. 5.
"We are pleased to welcome Karla to our news team," WSNS Vice President of News Diana Maldonado said via email. "Her experience and dynamic reporting makes her a great addition to our team and will help us to reinforce our position as a leading source for news and information for the Hispanic community that we serve."
Before arriving in Austin, Leal delivered the news in Bakersfield, Calif., but she has Chicago roots. Her career started at one of the Windy City’s public-access channels after she graduated from Columbia College Chicago.
Telemundo Austin is operated by KEYE, Austin’s CBS affiliate, and can be found on digital subchannel 42.2.
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