As it turns out, the former JB's Restaurant on the prime real-estate corner of Highways 87 and 260 is not going to sit there, unoccupied, into eternity.
At some point during the month of April, if all goes well, the long-empty building will become the home of the New China Buffet the fourth in a Valley-based company's growing chain of all-you-can-eat eateries.
"We're still not sure exactly when we're going to open, because we have to add a grease trap (to satisfy local building codes)," says owner Zhous Xiang Ni, whose uncle owns one of the three New China Buffets now in the Phoenix area.
"That will take about a month. So we should be open for business in April."
When that happens, Ni said, the buffet will offer a variety of 40 different kinds of foods, in addition to a salad bar.
The restaurant's seating capacity is 120. The diners who fill those seats will be charged one price which has yet to be determined.
In the Valley, Ni said, New China Buffets charge $5.99 per person for lunch; $8.99 for dinner, which includes all the snowcrab legs you can crack open; and children under three years of age eat for free, while older kids are charged 50 cents per year up to age 12.