Zhang Lan SERVING UP CHANGE
Branded a counterrevolutionary in China's Cultural Revolution, restaurateur Zhang Lan has profited from that label ever since. In 1991, when few Chinese were opening businesses, Zhang redefined China's dining experience, combining classic Sichuan food with Western-inspired settings. The result was South Beauty, one of the nation's first restaurant chains, which has $25 million in sales and more than 3,000 employees in 20 locations. Zhang, 47, is eyeing Europe and the U.S., again rebuking usual wisdom. She will shun any location in an urban Chinatown.
Daryl Brewster SHOW THEM THE DOUGH
A glazed doughnut, a decaf and...