A Chinese restaurant that will offer a wide variety of food expects to open in mid-April at the former China One Buffet site on Pacific Boulevard S.E.

The operator of the new Golden Town Buffet is the former owner of the Empire Buffet in Eugene, said Randall Chu of Eugene, the acting restaurant manager.

He said the Empire Buffet was quite popular.

On the Albany menu will be typical Chinese fare, Japanese sushi, salads, appetizers, pastries, yogurt and ice cream, and there will be a Mongolian-style grill, where diners can have vegetables sautéed with meats such as chicken, beef and lamb.

“There will be lots of good, wholesome food at a very fair price,” Chu said. “It’s an all-you-can eat with the cost of $11.99 per person for dinner. Lunch will be $7.99 per person.”

The lunch menu won’t be as extensive as the number of dinner offerings, he said.

The amount of food served at dinner to one person could cost a diner $30 to $40 at another restaurant, Chu said.

Soft drinks will go for $1 and right now the plan is that the price will cover up to three refills.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

A crew from Pence/Kelly Construction in Salem is in charge of constructing the exterior part of the building at 2732 Pacific Blvd. S.E. Workers from several other companies are on the job inside working 10 hours a day, Chu said.

They are hanging the ceilings, making counters, laying tile, putting in the electricals and placing metal hoods over the cooking areas.

The architect of the project, Don Johnson of DJ Architecture in Albany, said building owner Joseph Cho told him a chandelier valued at $10,000 would be installed in the main dining area.

Cho of Happy Valley also owned the structure that was built on the site in 1965. It was destroyed in an arson fire on Dec. 5, 2010. No one was ever arrested for the crime.

Cho demolished what was left of that building, replacing it with the current structure containing a 6,372-square-foot restaurant and 4,344 square feet of retail/office space. The retail/office portion has yet to be filled.

Cathy Ingalls is the city government reporter. She can be reached at cathy.ingalls@lee.net or at 541-812-6094.

(2) comments

Bob Burns
Bob Burns

Good luck to this place. Certainly, I'll be among the first in line.


Worst restaurant experience I can remember. There on Sat. 5/18/13 4 pm. It's confusing what to do when you enter. One staff told us to get a table first so we did only to learn 10 mins. Later that you are supposed to get silverware and napkin first. Ordered iced tea. They were out at first then forgot about bringing it. Their help really can barely communicate in English. Food was mediocre. We will not return.

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