Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet opening in Pittsfield Township shopping center
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
The space was previously occupied by the Bistro Bar and Grill. The bistro closed last August.
Broker William Eddy closed the deal on the 12,000-square-foot restaurant located at 4735 Washtenaw Ave. The space was listed for $15 per square foot.
Eddy said with this location, Hibachi will now be one of the largest restaurants in the Ann Arbor area.
Restaurant owner Selina Chen looked at several locations in the area, including Arborland and the Blockbuster Video space on Saline Road.
“They were having a hard time finding a 12,000-square-foot place and it’s the only place that was big enough in Ann Arbor,” Eddy said. “Ann Arbor doesn’t have that volume of rental space.”
Chen said she believes the restaurant, which has a sushi and grill bar, has offerings for nearly everyone. The menu has more than 300 options. Chen said the restaurant will serve many types of cuisine, including Chinese, Japanese, Italian and American. The restaurant also has a dessert bar.
“We see that it’s a large population here and we can do a lot of business,” Chen said. “We have so many different choices and a variety.”
Chen believes the interior of the restaurant will be a draw for potential customers. Inside is a large Koi pond with Koi fish and diffused glass-paneled lighting.
Eddy said the restaurant was looking for an area where they could offer affordable food to customers.
“Their demographic isn’t necessarily a high end demographic,” Eddy said. “They’re probably going to be a dollar less than the average buffet place but because of their volume they can maintain that.”
Currently, the restaurant has nearly 15 employees and Chen plans on hiring more if things get busy. Chen said the restaurant would need more workers in the kitchen and in service positions.
The first Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet was established in North Carolina in 2007. Hibachi has grown to more than 50 locations throughout the United States and Canada in a five-year span.
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