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From Computer Expert to Chef:
The Story Behind Logan’s Royal Express Restaurant
By: Denny Chen
When Hendry Chen was a young boy growing up in Taiwan, his dad went to an auction and got him a computer. Hendry studied the computer for months and loved it; he taught himself about all of the parts of the computer and became a computer expert. This experience opened many opportunities for him.
“My dad got me a computer when I was young, I fell in love with all the parts of the computer ever since that time, and I thank my dad for getting me a computer,” Hendry said. “I loved playing games on it, and loved looking at it, at the time I thought the computer was from outer space because it did a lot of things that didn’t seem in the time frame.”
When he was 25 years old, Hendry got his first job in computer engineering. A few years later he decided to move to the US to have a family. Hendry and his wife Amy Chou moved for many reasons, but the main reason was because he wanted a better environment for his kids to grow up in. Hendry knew that Utah was a great place to do that.
After six years of working for a computer company, Hendry decided to be a chef and got his culinary arts degree. Months later he took over as owner of a restaurant called Royal Express in Logan. Hendry and Amy have worked in the restaurant for years, and he says he’s loved it.
Eventually Amy also got a culinary arts degree. They are always looking to find ways to improve the restaurant’s food and wake up early every morning to work. Royal Express hours are 11:00 pm to 9:00 pm, every day except Sundays.
“I love cooking food for people, but when me and my wife started a restaurant it was difficult,” he said.
Hendry’s entire family, including his three boys, help with the restaurant. Hendry’s restaurant is located at 880 S Main Street in Logan.
“I love my family and wife, and I don’t usually close my restaurant, because I want to provide for my family,” Hendry said. “Family for me is what is most important in life.”