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Chili King

Chili King is going through another change.

The Park Street restaurant location that's gone through much upheaval since Inka Heritage left in 2016 after 10 years, is getting a new name and new chef.

Xi Wang, who opened Koi Sushi last March on State Street, took over the former Chili King at 602 S. Park St., which landlord Jiang Jing Xun opened last February and leased to three employees six months later.

The Chili King name painted on the building by one of the former owners has been painted over and Wang said she has an application in to the city to get permission for a new sign.

Wang, who also goes by the American name Laura Filion, said that the restaurant remains open despite the lack of sign and will soon have a new name, which has not yet been chosen.

"It could take one week, two weeks or three weeks," Wang said.

Chili King is a Chinese restaurant serving American Chinese food along with Hunan specialties.

Wang said she put in all new tables and chairs and has a chef coming from California. The new chef will make some menu changes, she said.

The same landlord owns many buildings housing Chinese and Japanese restaurants, including the Chinese restaurant Ichiban down the block.

After the Peruvian Inka Heritage closed, the space was briefly home to the Cambodian and Thai restaurant, Angkor Wat, which lasted about three months.

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