By TIM HORAN
While the Panda part of Panda Kitchen has been moving right along, the kitchen part has been lagging behind.
Workers hung the “Panda Kitchen” sign on Wednesday, but owner George Yang said it will be sometime in March before the grand opening of the Chinese restaurant he is planning to open.
First, he is building an all-new kitchen which will be built east of the building located on South Buckeye.
Yang of Hesston said when he opens Panda Kitchen later this year, it will be his fourth Chinese restaurant. He owns Panda Kitchen in Hesston, Hutchinson and Hillsboro.
The building at 610 S. Buckeye was formally Abilene Flooring Center. An antique store was at that location for several years before that.
The new restaurant will serve all Chinese food, Yang said.
“I have five steam tables for the buffet,” he said. “It will be all you can eat.
“I have a lot of customers that go to Hesston or Hillsboro from here that come in to eat,” he said. “I have a lot of friends right here. There’s no need for them to drive all that way to eat.
“I like it here,” he said.
Yang said he likes the location right next to Old Abilene Town.
“A lot of people like my food,” Yang said as a reason for his success.
The lunch buffet, priced at around $7, will have 50 to 60 different food items to choose from. The dinner buffet, priced at around $8, will have a different menu but around the same number of choices.
“I worked for restaurants for 20 years,” he said. He got his start in New Orleans. Both his family and his wife’s family own Chinese restaurants.