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Charlie Zhang

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For 35 Years, an OC Immigrant Success Story

Now Charlie Zhang Pursues His Dream

Charlie Zhang built his fortune in the restaurant business when he started fast-casual chain Pick Up Stix in 1989 in Rancho Santa Margarita—growing to 100 locations, then selling it in 2001 to TGI Friday’s owner Carlson Restaurants Worldwide for $50 million.

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