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Giant Panda to replace King Buffet

A new Chinese restaurant, Giant Panda, will be opening this week in Spirit Valley in the space vacated by King Buffet. The closed restaurant also offered Chinese food, but Giant Panda co-owner Lisa Li says their restaurant will be successful with...

A new Chinese restaurant, Giant Panda, will be opening this week in Spirit Valley in the space vacated by King Buffet. The closed restaurant also offered Chinese food, but Giant Panda co-owner Lisa Li says their restaurant will be successful with better food and better service.
"We'll give good service and the food will be more quality," Li said. "Also more variety and include some American."
Li says about a third of the menu offerings will be American, but Li says their specialty will be spicy Chinese dishes. They also make a great cream cheese won ton, she said.
Giant Panda is a chain of restaurants. Li has three other Giant Pandas, one in Fargo and two others in the Twin Cities area. Her previous experience makes property manager Seth Oliver more comfortable leasing the space to another Chinese restaurant.
"It just made the most sense economically," Oliver said. "The arrangement inside the space was already suited to a Chinese restaurant. The King Buffet did poorly, but the man who provided equipment to the King Buffet has had prior experience with these people (the owners of Giant Panda)."
The finishing touches in renovations to the space are being completed this weekend. Li says the restaurant will seat about 200. There are still some job openings. Interested people can call 624-2422 to apply. The head chef is coming in from their Fargo restaurant. The restaurant will open its door for lunch and dinner on Thursday, July 19.

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