The Bears will recognize Triple Crown Restaurant as their fourth and final Small Business All-Pros Gameday Eats Edition winner presented by Visa from Dec. 13-Jan. 8. Triple Crown Restaurant will be prominently showcased across all Chicago Bears communications and promotion platforms. Among the other selected winners for the 2023 Small Business All-Pros Gameday Eats edition are: Ketapanen Kitchen (Sept. 6-Oct. 3), Egg Rolls Etc. (Oct. 4-Oct. 30), and Garifuna Flava Restaurant (Nov. 8-Dec 11). With a monthly rollout of four total winners, these small business foodie establishments will be available to fans throughout the Bears 2023 season.
Founded in 1996, Triple Crown Restaurant is a second-generation, family-owned, and operated restaurant established by Spencer Ng and his family. Located in the heart of Chicago's Chinatown, just a few steps from the Chinatown Gateway, the restaurant has gained popularity for its classic Cantonese cuisine, drawing inspiration from the rich flavors of southern China.
The essence of Triple Crown is rooted in its vision, a family-style dining experience that highlights the Chinese culinary aesthetic. Designed to provide a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for guests of all ages, their extensive menu provides dishes featuring tasty and complex flavor combinations. Triple Crown specializes in dim sum, a traditional Chinese brunch offering a variety of savory and sweet flavors served in small plates, including dumplings, snacks, and appetizers. Popular dim sum dishes at Triple Crown include Siu mai, a pork and shrimp dumpling, shanghai soup dumplings, char siu bao (BBQ pork bun), and their renowned piggy bun, a sweet custard bun. The term "dim sum" translates to "touch the heart," and Triple Crown aims to embody this experience.
Spencer and his brothers were born and raised in Chinatown, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Ill. They spent their childhood inside a Chinese restaurant helping their parents chase the American dream:
"My brothers and I grew up working as busboys, kitchen aids, and waiters at the restaurant. Being the oldest, there was an obligation to come back to my family business," explained Spencer Ng, the owner of Triple Crown.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Spencer embarked on a career in consulting. However, driven by a sense of duty to uphold his family's legacy, he eventually returned to the Triple Crown Restaurant. Spencer now carries the torch of his parents, ensuring the continuation of the restaurant's rich heritage.
Beyond its role as a restaurant, Triple Crown has stood as a vital pillar in the Chinatown community for over 25 years, taking pride in supporting local residents. By exclusively sourcing from local distributors, employing within the community, and actively participating as community partners and sponsors, Triple Crown's mission is to promote culture through its cuisine, fostering diversity and inclusivity. Through local engagement, Triple Crown aims to illuminate Chinatown's rich history, a hidden community gem about a mile from Soldier Field, striving to introduce this cultural haven to a broader audience. This ensures that both Chicagoans and tourists alike become acquainted with the vibrant and often undiscovered charm of Chinatown.
Chicago's Chinatown, rooted in a history that dates back to the late 19th century, during 1849 Gold Rush era, has evolved into a vibrant cultural enclave nestled within the city. Established around the turn of the 20th century by Chinese immigrants seeking economic opportunities, the neighborhood has grown into a dynamic community that preserves its cultural heritage while adapting to the ever-changing urban landscape. Initially situated near the Loop, the community gradually shifted south to its current location, near the South Side. Today, Chinatown is now home to more than 30,000 residents and over 400 businesses, offering culinary delights such as Cantonese and Szechuan cuisines that attract food enthusiasts.
To learn more about Triple Crown's offerings and their culture, please visit triplecrownchicago.com.