Top Left :  Jia Cui  |  Top Right :  Shao Bruce    Bottom Left :  Zongmin Li  |  Bottom Right :  John Bruce

Top Left: Jia Cui | Top Right: Shao Bruce

Bottom Left: Zongmin Li | Bottom Right: John Bruce

Zongmin Li | Owner, General Manager

Zongmin Li grew up in Yunnan, China, and after receiving her masters from University of Beijing came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the early 90’s to pursue her doctoral studies in economic development. After receiving her PhD in development economics, she spent decades of work with USAID, the World Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Ford Foundation in China, Africa and Central Asia. She has always been a devotee of Yunnan’s mixian, and she is now pursing a long-standing dream of bringing Yunnan cuisine to local American and visiting Chinese diners alike. Zongmin is Married to John Bruce.

John Bruce | Owner, Adviser

John Bruce is a retired World Bank attorney, an expert on land property systems. After a career in international development he devotes a part of his time to advising the management team on legal and regulatory matters and handling the paperwork involved in restaurant. He acts as Yunnan By Potomac’s liaison with the Counseling Office at T.C. Williams High School, His other time is devoted to his professional writing and running the doggy day care for the Bruce cocker spaniels. John is married to Zongmin Li. 

Shao Bruce | Assistant General Manager

Shao Bruce is the Assistant General Manager of Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House and manages the restaurant’s day-to-day operations, marketing, and social media. He received a degree in economics and business management from Seton Hall University and completed a year-long study abroad program in Chinese Business at ECNU in Shanghai. He is also licensed real estate agent in Virginia. Shao is the son of Zongmin Li and John Bruce and is married to Jia Cui.

Jia Cui | Chef, Kitchen Manager

Jia Cui is the Chef and Kitchen Manager of Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House. She grew up in Beijing where she graduated with a degree in business management and accounting. She worked for the municipal school system in Beijing until she came to the US several years ago. Jia has been very much involved in the development of the menu, as part of the restaurant’s “chef committee.” She is married to Shao Bruce.