Yang Hai Lu and Zhen Rong Zhang have officially quit retirement.

Yang Hai Lu and Zhen Rong Zhang have officially quit retirement.

The husband-and-wife team plan to open Bento Go, a quick-casual Asian restaurant, on June 1 in an old Wendy's storefront at 2226 Henderson Road.

They have freshened up the interior and added new signage that includes their trademark smiling cat.

The menu centers on healthy, homemade fare.

The couple operated China King for 20 years in Franklinton before selling it in 2013, with the hopes of slowing down in their personal lives.

Lu and Zheng went to China for vacation. They even visited the family's vacation home in Pennsylvania.

"Very boring," Lu, 63, said of retirement.

"I took him fishing one time," said his daughter, Hei Ling "Annie" Loo. "He's very impatient."

Lu said he's anxious to get back in the kitchen, where he will dish up stir-fried noodles, noodle soups (ramen and udon), sushi rolls and Japanese bento entrees, such as hibachi, teriyaki and katsu (pork or chicken cutlets that are breaded and fried).

He said he makes his sauces in-house and uses a light hand with the oil.

"Too many restaurants, too much oil, very greasy," he said.

The most expensive entree is $8.75.

Appetizers and salads round out the menu.

Loo, who said she will work at the restaurant, said she's glad to see her parents returning to the business world they cherished for so many years.

"That's all they did, work 90 hours a week," she said. "That's all they know.

"We want to make something affordable," Loo added. "We're not trying to chase any trend here."

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 614-457-0888.

Don't let the chain-link fences and construction tape out front fool you: Jack's Diner is back in business.

Chris Kowalski's restaurant, which was closed for about a year, reopened May 12 at 52 E. Lynn St., Downtown.

Kowalski said he added some items customized omelets, wraps and fresh salads.

Yet, the place has not given up its golden greasy-spoon status, offering inexpensive, made-to-order fare, such as cheeseburgers, meatloaf sandwich, sausage gravy and biscuits. Steak and eggs is the most expensive dish at $10.25.

Kowalski, a trained chef, continues to serve up scratch-made hotcakes, waffles and other breakfast fare.

He closed the restaurant last May after his wife, Kathy, died. Other family matters kept him away from the griddle.

Still, he always planned to return.

"I never was really looking to get out," he said. "This is all I really know how to do."

Jack's is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Forgive the cliche, but Chris Dillman really is hoping the third time's a charm.

The central Ohio wine wizard was unable to pass the tasting portion of the master sommelier exam May 16-17 in Aspen, Colo.

It marked the second time in five years the effort fell short on the exam, presented by the Court of Master Sommeliers. He had passed two of three portions of the test earlier this year. He said he'll try it again next year.

"I could be worse," Dillman wrote in an email exchange.

Of the 63 people who took the exam, only three were certified, none from Ohio, he said.

But he said his time in Columbus is probably limited, having soured on the local dining scene.

"At this point another city seems a better option than continued professional hypothermia," he said in an email.

The modest doughnut is getting a creative upgrade at Amy's Donuts, which opened last week at 650 Georgesville Road.

"We are trying to keep up," owner Jin Kim said of the store's early success.

Amy's offers more than 100 different styles of doughnuts made fresh, on-premises each day, Kim said.

Among the top sellers: "dirty worm" -- chocolate cake with chocolate frosting topped with gummy worms; "cookies and cream" -- crushed Oreo cookies over marshmallow fluff; and the "Elvis" -- peanut butter layered with banana chips, bacon and topped with fudge.

Most doughnuts are $1.50 or $15 for a dozen. No doughnut from the day's batch is served the following day. Stauf's has created a proprietary blend for Amy's. Kim said fresh coffee is brewed every three hours.

The original Amy's was founded three years ago in Colorado Springs by Kim's brother, Chin, and his wife, Amy. They have another store planned in Tucson, Ariz.

Jin Kim, a practicing lawyer, said he wanted a change from the daily grind of law and join the family business.

Amy's seats about 15 inside.

The store is open daily, including holidays.

Closed: Gratzi a Tutti Pizzeria in Pickerington and Allison's Pub & Grub in Newark.