A ray of sunshine streaks through the plate-glass window of Jade Dragon Restaurant. The light bounces off a jade stone which is dangling from a chain around the neck of the restaurant’s owner, Judy Chin. The brilliant green of the stone is almost blinding. Jade is featured prominently in ancient Asian art, but it is also valued in many other cultures and is rich in symbolism. Jade is regarded as a stone that protects and supports “loving heart energy”; it also symbolizes harmony and balance.
The jade stone appears in multiple shades, hues and variations of green. Judy, whose stone is a deep emerald green, explains that the green of jade means “everlasting” and “forever.” These images, symbols and meanings all came to mind when Judy and her husband Rickie went about naming their popular restaurant in Warwick.
The year had just turned to 1993 and the Chins were busy putting the finishing touches on their new restaurant. When it came time to choose a name for their business, the name “Twin Dragons” came to mind. This name was derived from the twin gold dragons that were engraven on Rickie’s father’s bronze gravestone. When the Chins were told they could not use this name due to conflict with another business, Judy waited for inspiration.
Judy knew that she wanted this name to be memorable, long-lasting and identifiable. It also had to be one that would evoke positive energy, strength and harmony at the same time. When a Christmas card arrived for Judy’s mother-in-law from a nephew in Florida, something caught Judy’s eye ~ it was a jade stone, positioned there right on the card. Judy had her answer and the restaurant had its name: Jade Dragon. Jade for everlasting. Dragon, a symbol of wisdom, power, strength and hidden knowledge.
Jade Dragon Restaurant has endured over 25 years in business. It has a lasting reputation of superior service and consistently delicious food. Loyal customers come from near and far, just for this food ~ customers just like former Warwick resident Sophie Stanley. Sophie, who now lives in Bangor, Maine, is returning from a trip to Connecticut and has taken a detour through Warwick just for Rickie’s “hot and sour” soup. As Sophie says, “I just can’t find any other like it!”
If you haven’t found your way to this busy neighborhood restaurant on Warwick Avenue, this summer is the perfect time. Escape the heat and come in for something off Jade Dragon’s extensive and varied menu of tantalizing Chinese cuisine. You will join legions of fans who have been coming here for decades.
Jade Dragon Restaurant is located at 1982 Warwick Avenue. Hours are Tuesday to Thursday, and Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm; and Friday and Sat, from 11 am to 11 pm. Delivery is available ($15.00 minimum purchase). To place a take-out order, call 401-732-9595. Visit their website at www.jadedragonri.com.