THE UNIQUE FULIN'S STORY

THE UNIQUE FULIN'S STORY

THE UNIQUE FULIN'S STORY

Our History

It’s a story as old as America itself. A hopeful immigrant, dreaming of a better life, leaves his homeland to come to America, determined to find success through hard work and grit.

In 1993, the origin seed of Fulin’s was planted, as David Lin emigrated from China to New York City in search of freedom and opportunity. While washing dishes in the kitchens of New York’s Chinese restaurants, David soaked in new knowledge of cooking, cuisine, customer service, and the restaurant business.  

In 1999, joined by his wife and son, Brandon, David moved to Nashville, where he took a job as a server in a local China Buffet. Over time, he became a partner in the restaurant and began managing several locations.

In 2004, determined to uplift his family and business partners to a better quality of life, David took a bold, exciting risk to venture outside the typical Chinese buffet and carryout concept. Exotic flavors, exquisite presentation, and fine dining were the hallmarks of his first Fulin’s restaurant in Brentwood, TN.

At Fulin’s, customers could expect superior ingredients with elegant ambience and gracious hospitality. With an immediate formula for success, the brand rapidly expanded in the years that followed, leading Fulin’s to become a Southern staple and the first Chinese fine-dining concept in Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama.

Our Concept

Fulin’s is deeply rooted in tradition. Bamboo lanterns, red vinyl booths, calligraphy paintings and traditional Chinese decor complement a meld of authentic Chinese cooking, various Asian cuisines, and a full traditional Japanese sushi bar. Chefs hand-make every dumpling, prepare sauces from scratch, chop and slice all ingredients by hand, and wok-cook each dish for authentic taste. 

Fulin's Legacy

In 2012, fueled by his father’s entrepreneurial success, David’s son Brandon entered the family business. With a marketing degree from NYU, a passion for learning, and a grand vision for future growth, Brandon joined the rest of the Lin family and Fulin’s partners in the challenge of constantly innovating the Chinese food scene in Tennessee.

For the team at Fulin’s, the hospitality industry is more than just a business. It is a lifestyle connected by family, culture, and friendship. Today, the entire Lin family unites in a mission to uphold the methods and traditions established by David, ensuring that Fulin’s food is always delicious and authentic in flavor.

The New Generation

In 2018, Brandon partnered with trusted friends and hospitality professionals to bring his own Chinese restaurant concept, Steamboys, to Nashville’s fast casual scene. This new eatery has been consistently acclaimed by food critics, social media influencers, and most importantly, local customers. Steamboys has two locations – Germantown and Hermitage, TN – with plans for two more locations by the end of 2020. Read the Steamboys story here…

The New Generation

Our History

It’s a story as old as America itself. A hopeful immigrant, dreaming of a better life, leaves his homeland to come to America, determined to find success through hard work and grit.

In 1993, the origin seed of Fulin’s was planted, as David Lin emigrated from China to New York City in search of freedom and opportunity. While washing dishes in the kitchens of New York’s Chinese restaurants, David soaked in new knowledge of cooking, cuisine, customer service, and the restaurant business.  

In 1999, joined by his wife and son, Brandon, David moved to Nashville, where he took a job as a server in a local China Buffet. Over time, he became a partner in the restaurant and began managing several locations.

In 2004, determined to uplift his family and business partners to a better quality of life, David took a bold, exciting risk to venture outside the typical Chinese buffet and carryout concept. Exotic flavors, exquisite presentation, and fine dining were the hallmarks of his first Fulin’s restaurant in Brentwood, TN.

At Fulin’s, customers could expect superior ingredients with elegant ambience and gracious hospitality. With an immediate formula for success, the brand rapidly expanded in the years that followed, leading Fulin’s to become a Southern staple and the first Chinese fine-dining concept in Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama.

Our Concept

Fulin’s is deeply rooted in tradition. Bamboo lanterns, red vinyl booths, calligraphy paintings and traditional Chinese decor complement a meld of authentic Chinese cooking, various Asian cuisines, and a full traditional Japanese sushi bar. Chefs hand-make every dumpling, prepare sauces from scratch, chop and slice all ingredients by hand, and wok-cook each dish for authentic taste. 

Fulin's Legacy

In 2012, fueled by his father’s entrepreneurial success, David’s son Brandon entered the family business. With a marketing degree from NYU, a passion for learning, and a grand vision for future growth, Brandon joined the rest of the Lin family and Fulin’s partners in the challenge of constantly innovating the Chinese food scene in Tennessee.

For the team at Fulin’s, the hospitality industry is more than just a business. It is a lifestyle connected by family, culture, and friendship. Today, the entire Lin family unites in a mission to uphold the methods and traditions established by David, ensuring that Fulin’s food is always delicious and authentic in flavor.

The New Generation

The New Generation

In 2018, Brandon partnered with trusted friends and hospitality professionals to bring his own Chinese restaurant concept, Steamboys, to Nashville’s fast casual scene. This new eatery has been consistently acclaimed by food critics, social media influencers, and most importantly, local customers. Steamboys has two locations – Germantown and Hermitage, TN – with plans for two more locations by the end of 2020. Read the Steamboys story here…