New Chinese Restaurant Opens

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The Rim country can add another Chinese restaurant to its list of dining opportunities.

The Great China Buffet Restaurant held its grand opening Jan. 9 at the northeast corner of Highways 87 and 260.

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The buffet line stays pretty busy at the The Great China Buffet Restaurant in Payson.

"We have another restaurant in Avondale," manager Yi-hsin Chen said. "My dad has been in the business for 26 years and has owned his own restaurant for nine years. I've been in the business for nine years."

The restaurant employs 12 people, both full- and part-time, and features about 50 to 60 items on its buffet line, including its salad bar, Chen said.

The food glistens with freshness on the buffet tables and beckons diners back time and again to heap up their plates. The salad bar is fantastic and includes a wide array of dishes, including a bowl heaped with tasty looking shrimp.

And dessert is no afterthought. In the first hour of serving Thursday, a large sheet cake with bright yellow frosting was the centerpiece, surrounded by at least a half-dozen other dishes.

The new restaurant has continued to be a big draw during its first week of operation, with a 10-minute wait for a non-smoking table even before the noon rush. The restaurant has both smoking and non-smoking sections with a choice of booths that can be cozy or accommodate a group.

What makes the Great China Buffet different?

"We're clean. Our food is hot. And we try to give the best service we can," Chen said.

The Great China Buffet is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 9 p.m., Sunday, Chen said. Call (928) 472-7476 for more information.

The lunch buffet is $5.95, with dinner selling for $7.95. Children eat for 60 cents per year -- for instance, a 5-year-old would get a meal for $3, a 9-year-old would eat for $5.40.

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