Extraordinary Genius - Chapter 615
Chapter 615 – The Dismal Li Zekai
Feng Yu was excited when he got the answer he wanted fromProfessor Liang. Professor Liang would be part of his team in 1997. Will the HongKong Government have a replacement for Professor Liang?
But this should not be a problem as Feng Yu’s funds are alsotargeting Quantum Funds. It is the same as what the Hong Kong Government willbe doing. Maybe Feng Yu might even become the consultant for the Hong KongGovernment.
Feng Yu attended lessons every day, and when he has freetime, he went to the movies or go fishing. It was a peaceful life for Feng Yu,but not for Fu Guangzheng and Li Zekai. They were very busy.
Fu Guangzheng was still able to cope. His father was helpinghim to manage his businesses in Hong Kong. He does not need to worry. Li Zekaiwas different. He needs to manage his Pacific Century Group and also set up theTai Hua Supermarket in China.
Just happen Pacific Century Group had some matters for LiZekai to attend and he had to return to Hong Kong. After settling his work at PacificCentury Group, he took a break for 2 days and asked Feng Yu out for dinner.
“This is the restaurant you are talking about? I had comehere before, and although the food is not bad, it is still not considereddelicious. I remembered this restaurant was sold to the Fu Family before LunarNew Year.” Li Zekai had wanted to dine at the Peninsula Hotel, but Feng Yuinsisted on coming to this restaurant instead.
“Do you see that? The name of this restaurant is still thesame. But there are 3 new characters in the front, Quanjude!” Feng Yu pointedto the signboard outside.
“Quanjude? I have heard of this before. Isn’t this a famousrestaurant in Beijing? I think it sells roast ducks. The Fu Family bought thisrestaurant to sell ducks?” Li Zekai asked curiously.
Feng Yu wanted to laugh. If Fu Guangzheng heard what LiZekai said, they would surely fight. (See notes.)
“Chain restaurants. The original chefs are still around, anda few new specialty dishes are added to the menu.” Feng Yu explained.
The door boy opened the door for them to enter. Therestaurant floor manager saw Feng Yu and ran over: “Manager Feng, Master Li,your table is on the second floor. I will show you the way.”
Li Zekai looked at the floor manager and then at Feng Yu. Itwas usual for people to recognize him as he appeared on Hong Kong papers quitefrequently. But how did that floor manager recognize Feng Yu? Did they know FengYu because he frequents this restaurant?
When both just sat down at their table, Li Zekai saw awaiter pushing a trolley over before he could see the menu. He looked at FengYu. Did Feng Yu order the food before they arrived?
Usually, when two people, especially friends, have dinnertogether, they would not order the food in advance. They would let the otherparty order something they like. Feng Yu was not the type that would do somethinglike this. Li Zekai thought if this was some recommended dishes Feng Yu wantedto show him?
Duck. Roasted ducks!
Li Zekai had eaten Quanjude’s roast ducks before. He hadbeen to Beijing, and with his status, all the meals were at the top restaurants.
Feng Yu chose this restaurant to recommend this roast duckto him?
The past few months, Li Zekai had been busy with his workand did not notice about China’s top food charts which were reported on thepapers. Li Zekai does not really like to eat roast ducks. He felt Quanjude’sroast ducks were not to his taste.
“Brother Kai, this roast duck recipe is altered to suit HongKongers’ taste. Try it.”
Li Zekai took a bite, and his eyes opened wide. This roastduck tastes better than what he ate in China! This was a restaurant the rightchoice.
“Brother Feng, are you a regular at this restaurant?” LiZekai asked.
“I have only been here for a few times. Are you curiousabout why the floor manager know me? It is because I own the shares of thisrestaurant.” Feng Yu smiled.
“This restaurant is opened by you and the Fu Family?” LiZekai was surprised. Feng Yu had opened a restaurant with the Fu Family?
No matter if it was Feng Yu or the Fu Family, all of themcould afford to open restaurants by themselves. Each of them could even open 10restaurants at once. Why would they need to collaborate? Also, were restaurantsvery profitable? Yet if this restaurant has a specialty roast duck and anincrease of customers, how much more money can they make? The funds used toopen this restaurant can be put to better use.
“Not only this restaurant. Fu Guangzheng and I are partners,and we asked the Fu Family to help us acquire some restaurants to form acompany. We merge this company with Quanjude to form Quanjude Group. We will beusing the Quanjude brand to create the largest restaurant chain in Asia. I hadasked you here today is to help me taste the roast duck. What do you think ofthis roast duck and it’s special sauce?”
Quanjude Group? Asia’s biggest restaurant chain?
A restaurant might not be profitable if there was only onerestaurant. But if a restaurant chain was different. It will be extremelyprofitable. If the group was listed in the future, the share prices might notshoot up. But it will not be affected by other forces.
Li Zekai thought about this for a while and felt this was agood investment.
“The duck taste good. When did this investment start?” LiZekai asked casually.
“About 1 month ago.”
Li Zekai was a bit disappointed. He had known Feng Yu forquite some time, and Feng Yu asked Fu Guangzheng to invest instead of him.Seems like Feng Yu was still closer to Fu Guangzheng and Li Zekai could notcompare to him.
“The plan started last year, and the Fu family had startedto acquire restaurants then. Many people still laughed at them. But after allthe restaurants were merged with Quanjude, their value rose. Also, after therestaurants joined the Quanjude Group, all of their sales had increased. Thebest restaurant’s monthly sales increased by 50%! Although the invested amountis higher, it should be recovered in 2 to 3 years. We felt this was still agood deal.”
Li Zekai was thinking in his heart. This was a fucking gooddeal! The restaurants’ sales increased, that means their profits will alsoincrease. The invested amount will be recovered in 2 to 3 years, and afterthat, it will be pure profits. At that time, the company should be listed, andthey will earn a big sum again. Why was I not included for such goodinvestment?
But Li Zekai thought for a while. If Feng Yu had invited himto join in this venture, he might not be able to take part too. A restaurantthis big, including the business, etc. will cost at least tens of millions. Hehad also heard about the restaurants bought by the Fu Family. If he took partin this venture, what could he do with his measly funds?
Unless Li Zekai continued to ask for money from his father,then it would be possible. But his father had just given him a sum of money toinvest in the supermarkets and will he still provide him with money? If only hemet Feng Yu a few years earlier.
If he knew Feng Yu a few years earlier, Feng Yu would surelychoose him as his partner. He was the second son of Superman Li, and FuGuangzheng was only the second son of Fu Rongjing!
“Brother Feng, you must call me along if you have anyinvestment opportunities in the future.” Li Zekai said gloomily.
“Sure…… sure…… Oh, I still have something to discuss withyou. Can you invite your father for the opening ceremony for our supermarkets?”
Ducks inMandarin had the same meaning as Gigolos.
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