There is no better person that represents modern Houston better than the amazing Yao Ming.

The 7′ 6″ center for the Houston Rockets has been out for the last year following reconstructive foot surgery, but he will be returning to the Rockets this season for the last year of his five year contract. The centerpiece player for the Rockets, and the tallest player in the NBA, Yao has taken up a special place with his Houston based fans. One of China’s most recognizable and wealthy athletes, its obvious that Yao has been able to rack up many lucrative endorsement deals.

I bet the most special endorsement to Yao must be the Chinese restaurant that the player has opened for his family, now living in Houston. The Chinese Restaurant called Yao Restaurant & Bar was put together as a place for Yao’s parents to sit and relax and enjoy good food while interacting with fans and the local community.

I can’t say that I’ve personally been to Yao’s restaurant, but I really like that he did this for his folks- and it did get rated as the #1 Chinese in Houston by the website Citysearch.

Yao with Patrick Ewing having dinner at his namesake restaurant

Yao Restaurant & Bar, 9755 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77042 ph. 832.251.2588

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