About Ni Fen

Jeanette Sun

Jeanette Sun

Jeanette Sun

Ni Fen Owner and Operator

Professional chef Jeanette Sun doesn’t remember a time in her life when food didn’t play a central role. Her culinary interests began at an early age as she spent many hours in the Chinese restaurant her parents owned and operated in Atlanta, Georgia. In the 1980’s the family moved to North Carolina, and opened China Royal where Jeanette worked as a cook and server.

After graduating from UNC-Charlotte, Jeanette took a series of jobs to broaden her culinary skills, including working as a prep cook at Charlotte’s The Speedway Club, in the French restaurant Chez Daniel, and then as a line cook at Spiggia, an upscale Italian restaurant in Chicago.

Soon after, Jeanette decided it was time to get out of the kitchen and learn the management side of the restaurant business. She managed several restaurants in Greensboro and Charlotte, NC. Then in 1997 she returned home and opened Ni Fen Bistro in historic uptown Shelby. Ni Fen quickly became an area favorite, known for its fine Asian, Italian and American cuisine and extensive wine list.


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  • Address

    Located in one of Shelby’s historically renovated buildings
    214 South Lafayette Street, Shelby N.C.
    P: 704.481.8882