Juan Siao Restaurant

Martin Bagwell (left) and Rafael Zabala (right) are opening a new Latin-Asian restaurant in downtown Johnson City called Juan Siao with their business partner, Mark Rowan.

Restaurateur Rafael Zabala’s mentor, Kenny Siao, died in a tragic accident four months after they opened a Stir Fry Cafe in Johnson City in 2004.

Zabala started working for Siao while in college in Knoxville, where Siao operated five different restaurant concepts. Siao asked Zabala if he wanted to help him open a Stir Fry in Johnson City, which acted as Zabala’s introduction to the industry.

Juan Siao Restaurant

The owners of Juan Siao, a Latin-Asian restaurant, plan to open the establishment at 104 Tipton St. the second week of May.

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David Floyd covers Johnson City government, Johnson City schools and Ballad Health for the Johnson City Press. He grew up in East Tennessee and graduated from ETSU, where he was the executive editor of the school paper.

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