A new buffet-style restaurant on the north end of Storm Lake will soon be offering Storm Lake area patrons a wide selection of tastes from the Far East, as it will open its doors to the public at the beginning of May.
China One Buffet, located next to the Dollar General store on North Lake Avenue in Storm Lake, will serve a variety of Chinese and American cuisines in a remodeled 150-seat facility. The store will have two large hot buffet counters serving foods from Mongolian Beef to crab rangoon, and a long salad bar and dessert buffet including fruits and vegetables will also be available.
The restaurant, which also has a location in Sioux City, will be managed by William Leon, who said he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve Storm Lake customers.
"We have had a lot of customers who have run back and forth between Storm Lake and Sioux City for our food, and we thought it would be a good idea to put a store here in Storm Lake," Leon said. "It is exciting for us."
The owner of the store, Ling Ni, Leon and the other 10 employees of the restaurant have spent the past two months remodeling the building, which will include individual tables, booths and a special party room for large group occasions. Lighted pictures of scenes from Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai will also adorn the walls of the restaurant.
"It has taken a little while to get in all in shape, but we are getting it done," Leon said. "We think it will be a good atmosphere for customers to be in."
The all-buffet format of the restaurant is also something Leon said he feels will be attractive to customers, particularly those who want to experiment and try new types of food during one meal.
"We want to be able to serve good food to our customers, and the buffet is a good way for customers to eat many different kinds of food that we will have," Leon said.
Leon said the location would also be a positive for the store.
"We're pretty happy with where we are at right now," Leon said. "We have a good spot on one of the main roads."
The store, which will open May 1 if the remodeling process continues as planned, will be open from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. seven days a week. It will join the China House and the Indochine Pavilion as restaurants specializing in Chinese cuisine in Storm Lake.
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