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Zodiac Sign Sparks Fort Lee Restaurateur's New Venture

During the grand opening ceremony Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Aquarius celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and ceremony Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Leo Le opened his third restaurant Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Live entertainment Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

FORT LEE, N.J.– True to his Zodiac sign, Leo Le broke form in opening his new Fort Lee restaurant.

Le named his two other eateries -- in Fort Lee and River Edge -- after his wife, Joyce. Both specialize in Szechuan.

Aquarius, which officially opened on Main Street with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, will serve Cantonese food.

"Cantonese cuisine features a lot of seafood options," Le said, during an event attended by 30 or so local officials and other well-wishers.

Le, whose birthday is Feb. 6, describes himself as personable, with an open mind and a positive attitude.

It's fitting, considering that Aquarius (the zodiac sign) is associated with friendships and group associations.

"I love to run restaurants because I'm dealing with people," he said.

Le was born in Shanghai, China and majored in hospitality while in college. He came to the U.S. 15 years ago and settled in California, where he worked as a Panda Express manager, before moving to the East Coast.

Fort Lee beckoned, Le said, because "it's right across the bridge from Manhattan."

Le's plan is to bring authentic Chinese food with a modern decor to Aquarius, formerly Silver Pond. The food will have less oil and salt "but keep its good flavor," he said.

The 100-seat restaurant, at 230-234 Main Street, will be open seven days a week.

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