Eva Hu, co-owner of Le Coq Frit

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Philippe Boivin

Eva Hu, copropriétaire de la chaîne Le Coq Frit
  • © Eva Hu, copropriétaire de la chaîne Le Coq Frit
When she started her graduate studies in psychology, Eva Hu never could have imagined she would find herself at the head of a popular restaurant chain a few years later.

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Here is a downtown success story. As a teenager, Eva Hu quickly got a taste of the exciting restaurant world, working as a manager on nights and weekends to help pay for her education.

“The experience led me to switching from health to a project management program at McGill College,” explains the young entrepreneur from Montreal, who is perfectly fluent in Mandarin, English, and French.

To convince her parents—whose opinion she strongly values—of the merits of her new career plan, the recent graduate and a friend of hers created the Asian Night Market, an outdoor event bringing together some 20 restaurants specializing in Asian cuisine.

For three days, people are invited to indulge in the various dishes for a low cost. It’s a cultural discovery experience that has been around since 2017! “From then on, I had my family’s entire support,” she recalls.

Fast forward to summer 2019, when the very first Le Coq Frit restaurant opened in Chinatown, followed by a downtown location in 2020—a project she shares with her husband.

“We worked tirelessly to offer Montrealers a quality product: fresh, juicy, delicious, and super-crispy fried chicken from Quebec. Now, our goal is to make it accessible to even more people. Several more locations will be opening up in and around Montreal,” Hu announces with pride.