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In the great epic of Western literature, Homer's "Odyssey," there is a dream-like place of gentle beauty whose inhabitants eat only the flowers of the lotus tree. The lotus flowers induce a joyous trance-like state; the lotus-eaters are eternally complacent and content.
Lotus flowers are not on the menu of the Chinese restaurant by the same name in the Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, but the ultimate effect of dining there is complacency and contentment. Proprietor Willy Yang Li assures it: "We do everything we can to have our customers leave with happy faces."
Lotus Flower was one of the first upscale Chinese restaurants in Puerto Rico when it opened in the then Condado Holiday Inn in 1979. Willy Yang Li had visited the island a year before and had fallen in love with it. "It …