DANVILLE — A new Chinese buffet restaurant will soon fill a big vacancy on the north end of town.
Banny Lin of Kansas City, Mo., purchased the building at 4117 N. Vermilion St. where Ryan’s Family Steakhouse once operated.
The new owner said the restaurant will be a Chinese and Japanese buffet, will include sushi and have 10 buffet stations. The new restaurant also will feature hibachi grilling.
Lin said his hibachi chef is a 15-year veteran of the style. The hibachi grill style of eating is popular in some areas, with friends and family going together as a group, or just a couple enjoying the fun of watching the chef grill their food as they share a table with others.
Hibachi grill chefs normally work on an open, flat, grill top with customers seated around the cooking area, watching their food be prepared in a theatrical way.
Major renovations are currently under way, both inside and out.
“A lot of work needed done to the building inside,” said Lin. “I think when we get everything done, we’ll be ready to open in two months.”
Lin said plumbing, electrical, gas and landscaping work is being done, as well as general cleaning to the property.
The new owner said he was searching for a good site in this area. He said he already owns seven or eight similar restaurants in Missouri, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky and New York.
Vermilion Advantage President Vicki Haugen said it’s great anytime a new business enters the scene here, but especially when it’s a restaurant. She said restaurants make an impact on the area by attracting people and other businesses.
“I’m excited that they’ll be successful and well supported,” said Haugen.
Haugen said Japanese-style restaurants are popular now, especially with the younger generation, who desire sushi offerings.