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Betty’s Diner to flip burgers in Mount Pleasant

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Aya Cookhouse to re-emerge as Betty's Diner in early 2018. Paul Zoeller/Staff

Restaurateurs Tony and Kelly Chu have plans to flip Aya Cookhouse, their now-closed Mount Pleasant Asian-fusion eatery, into an all-American diner.

“Tony and I absolutely love food,” says Kelly Chu. “And not just Asian.”

The couple, who are both ethnic Chinese, own and operate the popular Chinese restaurant Red Orchids in West Ashley.

“We want to do something simple and comforting,” says Chu. “We’re calling it a non-Asian Red Orchids.” The menu will be basic and the dishes somewhat modern, or as modern as a cheesesteak can get without ruining it. Also expect milkshakes and scoops from Cirsea, Kelly’s artisanal line of ice cream.

They’re hoping they have an easier time staffing this restaurant since they will only require the flipping of burgers and the frying of fries, not the slicing of sashimi.

The Chus are currently updating the decor at the old Aya, located in the Whole Foods shopping center on Houston Northcutt, and expect to be open in early 2018.  

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