By Sarah Aslam
Wrangell Sentinel 

Taste of Asia more than a restaurant, it's the owner's passion


April 20, 2022

Sarah Aslam/Wrangell Sentinel

Michelle Lopez, owner of Taste of Asia, unpacks on a freight day. The challenge of offering Asian cuisine in a small town is the unpredictability, Lopez said. "Not everyone will eat Asian food in one day, or two days. I am always thinking about ideas for the next day."

When Michelle Lopez opened Taste of Asia nearly seven years ago, it was after her boyfriend had become her ex-boyfriend.

She had come to Wrangell to be with him from Juneau, where her parents had moved from the Philippines 30 years ago. She stayed in Wrangell to make a life for herself and her kids.

When she came here, there were no places that served rice, she said. "I was so hungry. I thought maybe I should look for a place to put a little business."

The owner of the Front Street building Taste of Asia now operates out of had the ice cream shop downstairs. Lopez got a job scooping ice cr...

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