Black strings separate
the large interior of the restaurant into smaller,
intimate dining areas.
WEST BEND — The best of Asian cuisine, whether Chinese,
Japanese, or Vietnamese, will soon be served in West
Bend at the new Pearl of Canton restaurant, set to open
Thursday — just in time for Valentine’s Day.
A labor of love located at 125 S. Main St. in downtown
West Bend, the Pearl of Canton has been under
construction since 2017, when owner BeBay “Sandy” Luu
purchased the two-story building it occupies. Originally
a Sears retail outlet, the site needed a completely new
commercial kitchen since there had never been one there,
as well as extensive remodeling of the 6,000-square-foot
dining area, which features high recessed ceilings.
The new look is nothing like the typical Chinese
restaurant, but rather takes its cues from high-end
Asian fusion places featuring darker tones and intense
red accents. The Pearl uses arched entryways and black
string curtains to divide the vast dining area into
separate rooms, and decorative wood dividers to set off
more intimate table spaces.
BeBay “Sandy” Luu and Ron Dibble say they are excited
for the grand opening of their
Pearl of Canton restaurant Thursday.
Once the West Bend Common Council approved the Pearl’s
liquor license in early January, Luu and her partner,
Ron Dibble, were eager to open. Living upstairs in their
building means quick access to solving the many
challenges of converting a retail store into an
Asian restaurant. Ron Dibble is a longtime Wisconsinite
who has built specialty restaurants all over the United
States. Sandy Luu has been part of the West Bend scene
for seven years, having built, operated and sold Modern
Nails. She came here from Vietnam by way of Vancouver,
The restaurant’s name pays homage to the first Asian
cuisine, Cantonese “chop suey,” brought to America by
the Chinese laborers from Canton who built the western
part of the Continental Railroad in the 1800s. The Pearl
of Canton will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.