Using recipes based on the crêpes of his childhood in China, Jian Tao Lin is opening The Crêpe Addiction in the Fiesta Trails shopping center.
“We want to share the best we had in our memory, and share positive and healthy ways in this neighborhood,” Lin said.
He moved to the United States when he was in middle school, and is originally from Fujian province in southern China.
The Crepe Addiction, 5222 De Zavala Road, planned for an October opening.
Lin, who has worked in his family’s restaurants most of his life, wanted to try something on his own.
“I don’t want to repeat what my family is doing right now,” he said. “I want to try something different, like an open kitchen area, try and be kind of relaxed.”
Prior to his latest venture, Lin was a cook and a general manager at Lin’s International Buffet, his family’s newest endeavor.
The Crêpe Addiction features the thin, pancake-like rice flour concoctions in both sweet and savory varieties.
Savory recipes have chicken, seafood, roast beef and more, while sweet will feature fruit.
“Instead of putting a lot of sugar, we’re replacing them with a lot of fresh fruits because fruit has a natural sweetness and it’s also really good for nutrition,” Lin said.
Vegetarian options are available.
Customers can also choose ingredients for a customized crêpe.
Smoothies and bubble tea are on the menu, too. In addition, the shop will offer fruit tea with flavors ranging from mango and orange to passion fruit, grapefruit and others.
“All the material is going to be gathered from the local market to maintain the quality,” Lin said.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.