Hibachi Buffet looks to grill up success

Published July 17, 2013

Stacey's, Morrison's and Empire are among the handful of buffet restaurants that have come and gone at 790 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Seffner during the past decade.

Samantha and Andy Chen have come all the way from Jacksonville to try their luck at the location, opening their seventh restaurant, Hibachi Buffet, on June 22.

For those who have dined at any of the aforementioned buffets, the Hibachi is not just a new name with the same game. The Chens have given the place a facelift and introduced a cook-to-order hibachi grill and a sushi bar alongside some of the more traditional buffet fare.

"A lot of people have told me the restaurant here before was not so good," Samantha Chen said. "We cleaned up the space. We have a lot of food."

For $6.99 at lunch or $9.99 at dinner, patrons can choose from more than 200 all-you-can-eat items prepared fresh every day. For children ages 3 to 11, it's 50 to 60 cents per year of age, and diners of any age receive a free lucky charm gift on their birthday.