STORY

高書常

高書常

Our Story Begins with BUCK KAO

Our restaurant started with Buck Shu-Chang Kao, founder, father, and grandfather, and good friend to many. 
Buck was a decorated WWII veteran and a distinguished military attaché as well as a diplomat of National Chinese in Washington
and many countries in the world. In 1972, he and his family immigrated to Dallas to start anew.  After settling into
his new home, he and his friends, along with a chef from Taiwan, collaborated together to start a new endeavor, and in 1974,
Royal China was born. Buck's contagious personality and commanding presence made Royal China an instant popular
gathering place for friends, families, and neighbors. His customers were like his extended family and he treated them as such. 
How much he is missed is a reflection of how well loved he was as well as his dedication to the happiness of his customers.

His son, George, and his wife, April, continue to carry on and preserve Buck's legacy with fresh and modern new additions. 
George is almost always there to greet customers, new and regulars, with a robust welcome, while April works behind the
scenes, either pulling noodles or tending to the business side of the restaurant.  Together they work to ensure their customers,
extended family, leave with a great experience, a full belly, and a yearning to come back soon. 

created in china

made in dallas

1970s - April and George in the kitchen, George and Peter with the football outside

1970s - April and George in the kitchen, George and Peter with the football outside

 
Post card from the old Safari steak restaurant from the 60‘s All of our carved wood panels, tables and chairs are from the original Safari Restaurant

Post card from the old Safari steak restaurant from the 60‘s
All of our carved wood panels, tables and chairs are from the original Safari Restaurant

Buck and Shirley's Children (left to right, youngest to oldest): Peter, David, Linda, and George

Buck and Shirley's Children (left to right, youngest to oldest): Peter, David, Linda, and George

 
The building before Preston Royal Shopping Center was a shopping center!

The building before Preston Royal Shopping Center was a shopping center!