China Sails was a Chinese restaurant created in 1949 and owned by Dave Wong in Salem, Massachusetts, and was located on 516 Loring Ave (where there is now a different Chinese restaurant called Fantasy Island, which still uses the original China Sails sign, although the sign now says “Fantasy Island”).
Dave wanted to bring his style of Polynesian/Chinese cuisine to his customers and break away from the traditional norm of being grouped with other Chinese restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown. He found an opportunity in Salem, Massachusetts, a traditional working class community, to purchase an existing 60-seat Chinese restaurant, called Red Sails, whose name he quickly changed to avoid any imagined connection to Communism just before the McCarthy Era. In the late 1950’s, Dave expanded the restaurant -- tripling its size. China Sails was so successful that Dave eventually expanded to Revere, Chestnut Hill, the North Shore Shopping Center, and the Liberty Tree Mall.
China Sails produced a variety of branded Otagiri manufactured tiki mugs, including one with a Chinese junk logo.