Updated: Friday opening set for new Chinese restaurant in Rantoul

Qiaoyou “David” Dou will open Yellow Ducky Express Chinese restaurant in the former Taco Bell building in west Rantoul.

RANTOUL — Qiaoyou “David” Dou’s goal was to make a career in engineering.

The native of China graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

“My major in college is electrical engineering,” Dou said. “After graduation, I worked one year in Champaign as a software developer. I (got) tired of the 9 to 5 work every day, and I lost my motivation.”

He decided he wanted to own his own business and will open a Chinese restaurant in Rantoul.

Yellow Ducky Express will open in the building that formerly housed Taco Bell in the 700 block of West Champaign Avenue.

Dou said the business passed the final village inspection and will open Friday. He said he and his crew have been working on the building since November.

Dou said he had considered opening a restaurant in Champaign-Urbana but couldn’t find a suitable location.

The 25-year-old Dou searched the internet and found the former Taco Bell building was vacant.

He said he believes Rantoul is ready for another Chinese restaurant.  

“In my opinion the people in this area deserve more options what they want to eat,” Dou said.

The restaurant, which will employ seven, will offer Mandarin-style food. It will be a sit-down restaurant and will offer a drive-thru.

Yellow Ducky Express will offer three portion choices — a bowl in which the customer gets one entree, a plate with two entrees and a box with three entrees.

He said all food, except the soup, will be MSG-free.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, followed by the grand opening at 10:30 a.m.