Wing Lam still isn't quite sure what happened to his last name.
The former Wing Lee had his moniker changed somehow when his family emigrated to the United States from Brazil in the 1970s. Either his father misspelled it, or the immigration official did, or one of them misheard the other and it wound up on his official paperwork.
The name, which Lam has never changed back, proved to be only part of the transformation. Wing Lee, the small-town boy whose idea of a lively weekend was to pick mangoes back home, grew in later years to be Wing Lam, the co-founder of Wahoo's Fish Taco, which launched in Costa Mesa in 1988 and has expanded to six states.
Thursday afternoon, Lam joined his brothers — Ed and Mingo, both of whom are Lees — in opening the franchise's newest location at 7891 Warner Ave. in Huntington Beach. The location, Wahoo's largest in California, hosted a media tour at noon and will open to the public June 1. A grand opening, which will coincide with a record release party for the band the Dirty Heads, is scheduled for June 23.