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Rocky Point fish plate and ocean PicmonkeyDr. Peter Wang, owner of Rocky Point Restaurant and founder of The Wang Foundation, stands ankle deep amongst an invasive pest that covers the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. Ice plant has taken over the ground, covering the land which it has since evicted indigenous vegetation. "Here I make my stand" Wang says in humble defiance. "I took over Rocky Point Restaurant close to a year ago with the goal of polishing this beautiful gem of a property...one of the challenges I face, is my ongoing commitment to the rehabilitation of its surrounding natural landscape". When Wang says, "rehabilitation," he refers to the act of fixing and returning of land to its natural state. "Rehabilitation is the act that must occur after conservation has run its course."

The Rocky Point Restaurant was first opened on the cliffs of Big Sur overlooking the Pacific in 1947. This iconic destination just 12 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea fast became the destination for food and drink by locals and travelers, including many Hollywood Stars, making their trek North and South on California Hwy. 1. Dr. Wang, and his wife, Grace, (both Chinese immigrants who came to the US as students) made this acquisition back in January of 2012 for over $4.75 million and have invested close to one- million dollars into its renovation.

The restaurant re-opened in March of 2013 and has realized solid steady growth in sales and with numbers of patrons wishing to sample not only the good food, but also wanting to take in a view that is arguably one of the greatest on the Pacific coast in California. Wang's commitment to the property is not only limited to landscape, where he has already re-introduced close to 500+ native plants, but to the employees of Rocky Point.

"....I am a man of deeds, not only words" (to quote an ancient Chinese proverb) Dr. Wang smiles with a glint of knowing sparkle in his eyes. I am committed to the success of Rocky Point and a great deal of that success comes from my staff. I am committed to creating a platform for them. A platform that can create opportunity for those whom I employ to grow just like the new plants I have recently planted here on our grounds...Rocky Point is also the platform to grow commerce through education and cultural exchange between Chinese and US students."

The Wang Foundation which Dr. Wang founded a number of years back is committed to the development of opportunity in the cultural exchange and education of Chinese students here in the US. Many Scholarships have been subsidized by The Wang Foundation.

Wang shares his main philosophy, "I truly believe the solution to war and poverty is education of our youth and the growth of commerce...When people work together and create commerce, war stops and poverty begins to be alleviated. When commerce stops, war begins and poverty becomes prevalent... I want Rocky Point Restaurant to play ongoing active role in this by generating scholarships for students who will follow this belief in their careers."

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