10th Anniversary Festival Raises $14,200 for Local Charities
Doc celebrated his 10th anniversary on Oct. 6 the very first Doc Chey's in Atlanta. In the true spirit of good karma, the event raised over $14,200 for local charities. Festivities included a noodle eating contest, sumo wrestling, Chinese lion dance performance, scooter raffle, birthday cake, moonwalk, kids coloring contest and plenty of food specials. For pictures and more info, visit www.doccheys.com/anniversary.
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Doc Chey's scores 100 on restaurant report card
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The story behind the name
Hello, my name is Rich Chey and this is the story of Doc Chey's.
In the early fifties my parents emigrated to The United States; my mom from China and my dad from Korea. My dad came to America to complete his training as a doctor while my mom studied to be a nurse. My mom's dream for her four children was to assimilate us into American culture while maintaining the core values of our Asian heritage. In most senses, I lived a typical "American" childhood. The one exception…our food and how we shared it. My mother insisted that we dine as a family where we enjoyed the foods that she and my dad cherished as children. Whether it was a home cooked meal or dinner at the local Chinese restaurant, it was always a time for us to enjoy delicious food and reconnect with one another on a personal level.
My dad's new "American" dream was for all his kids to become doctors. My brother and sister obliged and entered the medical field. As I slept through biology class in college, I would often daydream about things other than medicine. When I graduated from college, I broke the news to my parents – I would not become a doctor (turns out, that was only partially true).
My change of heart placed me in the business world where I had the opportunity to travel throughout Asia. During my travels, I was drawn to the "ramen" houses of Japan and the small kitchens of China. They were places where I could eat affordable, delicious, freshly-prepared food in a casual neighborhood environment. They brought back fond memories of meal time at the Chey house and became my home away from home.
I later moved to Atlanta where I befriended a "foodie" named Brook Messina. At work, we spent hours talking about the passion we shared - food. I would reminisce about the neighborhood ramen houses of Japan or the small kitchens of China and their absence in Atlanta. We joked about "bringing noodles to the people!" by creating a neighborhood restaurant that embodied all the qualities of the Asian noodle house – food that was affordably priced, freshly prepared and boldly flavored; service that was casual, efficient, and friendly, and a comfortable environment where friends and families could reconnect.
We got our opportunity in 1997 when we opened our first noodle house in Atlanta. We named it Doc Chey's Noodle House in tribute to my father's lost dream of "his son, the doctor". We created a menu based on my favorite childhood foods. Atlantans welcomed the affordable prices and bold flavors of Doc Chey's pan-Asian cuisine.
We followed our original Doc Chey's, located in the Virginia-Highland area of Atlanta, with a second restaurant near Emory University. Before we knew it, we had locations in Asheville, NC; Athens, GA; and Greenville, SC.
Over the years, I'm proud to say that Doc Chey's has become a neighborhood favorite, earning rave reviews and consistent "best of" awards from critics and diners alike. Recent accolades include "Best Noodle Bowl" by INsite Magazine; "Best Chinese" by Sunday Paper; "Best Comfort Food" by AOL; "Best Values" by Zagat; and "Best Cheap Eats", "Best Lunch Spot", and "Best Pan-Asian" by Citysearch. Doc Chey's has also been featured in Bon Appetite Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Nations Restaurant News and MTV's Real World, among numerous other media.
A decade of good karma
To commemorate 10 years of business, we're going back to our roots. We're back to our original name, Doc Chey's Noodle House, and back to a logo reminiscent of the original one created a decade ago. As we revisit our roots with these subtle changes, know that we're still your same neighborhood noodle house serving great food and good karma, owned by the same people. As we celebrate this special moment in Doc Chey's history, we look back on the past decade and our good karma efforts within the local community.
But first, what exactly is karma? Our interpretation is based on the simple idea of what goes around, comes around. For every action, there is a reaction. The reaction will be good or bad depending on the nature of the initial action, thus resulting in good or bad karma.
So what does karma have to do with Doc Chey's? Doc Chey's aims to foster good karma by nourishing the communities we serve. We care for and are involved in our communities and support neighborhood nonprofits. We do the right thing without expecting anything in return. We take responsibility for our actions. And most importantly, we care about the well-being of our guests.
Looking back, we feel rewarded and are proud the positive community impact that our good karma efforts have earned. In 2006, Doc Chey's Atlanta donated almost $25,000 worth of in-kind donations and money raised to local charities. We enjoy hosting dine-outs to raise money for local schools and small community organizations, as well as large national efforts, such as tsunami and Hurricane Katrina relief.
For special occasions, we celebrate by giving back. For example, this year, for our 10th anniversary, participating Doc Chey's are selling special-edition Peace Love Noodles shirts with 100% of proceeds to benefit local charities. For our 9th anniversary, we celebrated by collecting a truck-load (literally) of toys for medically fragile children. We celebrate the holiday season by hosting our annual Breakfast with Santa event, which raises money for local fire station upgrades. To celebrate a grand opening, we donate all opening party proceeds to a neighborhood school, food bank or nonprofit. The list goes on and on. In honor of community efforts like these, Doc Chey's was recently awarded as state winner of the prestigious Restaurant Neighbor Award given by the National Restaurant Association.
Karma Card program expands to Italian restaurants
Now you're able to swipe your Karma Card at all three HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts. Not only are you able to enjoy program benefits at Doc Chey's, but you'll also be able to accrue points and redeem rewards at Osteria 832 Pasta & Pizza, and Stella Neighborhood Trattoria. So if you've already had your fill of Asian noodles for the day, switch it up with a delicious hand-tossed pizza or homemade pasta for dinner, all while earning points on your Karma Card.
The newly-formed HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts encompasses the trio of restaurant concepts founded and owned by Rich Chey: Doc Chey's Atlanta, Osteria 832 and Stella.
Located in Atlanta, both Osteria 832 and Stella specialize in affordable, hand-tossed pizzas and made-from-scratch pasta sauces. An award-winning neighborhood favorite for over four years, Osteria 832 is located at 832 Highland Avenue, just down the street from the original Doc Chey's Noodle House that opened in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta 10 years ago. For more info, visit www.osteria832.com.
The newest neighbor in Grant Park, Stella is located across from Oakland Cemetery at 563 Memorial Drive. Enjoy a specials menu that will feature chef creations using the freshest seasonal ingredients available. Relax with friends in the cozy dining room, take in the scenic view of historic Oakland Cemetery and the city skyline on the patio, or unwind with a drink at our full bar. Stella, which means "star" in Italian, is sure to shine as a neighborhood favorite. For more info, visit www.stellaatlanta.com.
Quiz: Are you a Noodlehead?
Are you a true Noodlehead? A Noodlehead is a loyal Doc Chey's fanatic who lives, dreams and tastes all things Doc Chey's. Take our simple True/False 25 question quiz to test your Doc Chey's knowledge and habits to see if you qualify for true Noodlehead status.
PART ONE – NOODLEHEAD HABITS
PART TWO – DOC CHEY'S KNOWLEDGE
Calculate your results by adding 1 point for each question you answered "false".
0 POINTS = TOP NOODLEHEAD
Congrats, your Noodlehead IQ is off the charts! Earning a perfect score earns you top Noodlehead status with honors. Go ahead and print it on your business cards and make your mamma proud!
1 – 5 POINTS = TRUE NOODLEHEAD
Kudos to you - you're a true Noodlehead! Only a true Noodlehead would have your smarts.
6 – 14 POINTS = NOODLEHEAD-IN-TRAINING
Although you don't qualify as a Noodlehead quite yet, you're certainly a novice, and that ain't half bad! Your first step in becoming a true Noodlehead is learning to use your Karma Card religiously, and everything else will fall in place.
15 - 25 POINTS = PROBABLY DRUNK
If you answered most questions "false" resulting in a score this high, you might be drunk or just plain out of your mind. Come on now, have you ever even BEEN to Doc Chey's?!?!