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Ladder Beach Restaurant holds grand opening

LADDER Beach Restaurant in Obyan held its grand opening on Wednesday with a guest list that included CNMI officials and business owners.

The new restaurant is owned by Hong Yan Zhu, who said she and her brother visited Saipan for the first time in 2016.

“After driving around the island, we discovered this beautiful, well-maintained plot and after that I could not stop dreaming of opening a business here,” she said through an interpreter.

Two years later, “my dream became a reality after overcoming hurdles in the construction [of the restaurant] and the destruction brought by Typhoon Yutu. So now, we are looking forward to serving you,” she told the guests.

Hong Yan Zhu, Ladder Beach Restaurant owner, poses with Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert Guerrero, Reps. LJ Castro, Leepan Guerrero, Ivan Blanco and Ed Propst.Hong Yan Zhu, Ladder Beach Restaurant owner, poses with Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert Guerrero, Reps. LJ Castro, Leepan Guerrero, Ivan Blanco and Ed Propst.

According to Carmen B. Sablan-He, the restaurant’s human resources and banquet manager, Ladder was supposed to open on Oct. 29, 2018.

“We and our restaurant staff were ready for the grand opening. But then we got hit by Typhoon Yutu, and our restaurant was damaged.”

Ladder Beach is a fine-dining establishment open Monday to Sunday,  10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The interior of Ladder Beach Restaurant.  Photos by Bryan ManabatThe interior of Ladder Beach Restaurant. Photos by Bryan Manabat

“For the month of January we are only opening the seafood buffet during weekends, testing the water so to speak. We want to know what the customers’ favorite dishes are,” Sablan said.

The restaurant also serves steaks, barbecues, Mediterranean and Italian entrees and local favorites such as sashimi and kelaguen, she added.

Sablan-He invites the island residents to visit the restaurant. “We have something for everybody and all locals get a 20 percent discount,” she added.

For reservations, call 285-8928 or email carmsablanhe@gmail.com.