Lehigh Acres' newest restaurant is celebrating a grand opening and a special discount is being offered until April 17. It's the Asian Buffet, located on Homestead Rd. in the Winn-Dixie shopping center.
David Zheng, the owner and manager of the new buffet, said he has received many compliments about the food. The restaurant opened at the end of March.
Zheng, a native of China, owned a Chinese restaurant in south Fort Myers which he sold and moved his business to Lehigh,
Exterior of the new Asian Buffett in the Winn-Dixie shopping center.
"The people here in Lehigh are a great bunch. I wanted to provide the nicest Chinese restaurant in town. We are very large and the interior is richly decorated with plenty of seating," he said.
You can't miss the site because of the streamers and a big Grand Opening sign above the eatery. It is located next to Maria's restaurant and down the way from another Chinese restaurant.
The new restaurant is spotless clean with several food bars where patrons can serve themselves with all they can eat. Zheng said lunchtime meals are $6.99 and dinners are $10.49 and they also provide take-outs.
"We are having a 15 percent off during our grand opening," he said. "We want to give everyone an opportunity to try us out."
The menu includes both Asian and American prepared foods. Zheng said he has an extensive selection of seafood, including oysters, shrimp, and mussels. He said American foods include favorites like foul and beef including what he called great spare ribs. Patrons can purchase beer and he plans in the future to apply for license to serve dinner liquors.
"We renovated the complete interior of this building," Zheng said. We can seat 125 people easily and we are not crowded up with tables next to each other. People have plenty of room to enjoy their meals."
He has spent almost 18 years in the restaurant business. He said he moved to the U.S. from China when he was around 18 years old. He said he provides jobs for about a dozen people.
"As we grow, that will mean more jobs," he said.
He is married and he and his wife have three young children which range from three to eight. His wife, Julie Chen, is the official hostess and Zheng said he is the head chef in the kitchen.
Mary Silva is also a hostess and cashier. She can speak English and Spanish and is able to help with any language barrier between Chinese and English.
"We're happy to be in Lehigh and we invite the community to come and eat at our buffet. I am sure they will like it here and will return. That's my aim for Lehigh," Zheng said.