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June 5, 2018
Authentic: Suki Li
Lily Asian Cuisine is synonymous with great food and exceptional value—from Bento boxes with a little bit of everything to their legendary all-you-can-eat sushi Tuesdays, with sushi freshly prepared at the open sushi bar. The restaurant is always bustling with happy diners of all ages, and at its heart is Suki Li, with her warm and gracious smile. Li says what she enjoys most about running Lily is preparing and serving delicious dishes to each guest. She loves her customers, and the feeling is mutual.
Li came to the United States from China in 2000 so that she could practice her faith freely. While working at a restaurant in New York, she visited Kennett Square. “I was impressed by the diverse community here,” she says. “I thought that I could make the community much more colorful if I opened a restaurant to serve delicious Asian food.” Li and her husband, co-owner Tony Liu, purchased the building at 104 West State Street and opened Lily in 2011. They have two daughters, Christina Liu (15) and Lina Liu (11).
“I am grateful to all of my customers for their expressions of appreciation,” Li says. Over the years, she’s experienced both challenges and joys, “side by side,” and has learned the importance of sharing and positive affirmation. Li’s Christian faith is a central part of her life, and she makes time each day for Bible reading and prayer. It’s her sincerest hope that her customers will feel acceptance, warmth, and love when they walk through the doors of Lily.