MILLEDGEVILLE — Husband and wife Chun and Sissy Fei Chow moved from state to state to find the perfect opportunity to introduce a community like Milledgeville to fast Asian-inspired foods at affordable prices.
Slated to open in the beginning of April, the duo is currently cleaning and remodeling the former Long John Silver’s and A&W All American Food restaurant building next to Pizza Hut on North Columbia Street to transform it into Terry Ho’s Hibachi Express.
“We’re from Philadelphia, but we’ve been moving from state to state. We went from Philadelphia to Florida, Florida to Minnesota, and from Minnesota to now here. We’ve been on and off in the restaurant business. We were managing a business called Tokyo Sushi & Hibachi,” Sissy said. “There are a lot of fast food restaurants and dine-in restaurants with similar type foods in Milledgeville, but we thought, ‘why don’t we give people an opportunity to buy the same kind of food for less?’”
The Chows leased the 2,500 square foot space in early January and saw it as the perfect fit for providing a range of on-the-go meals made with using Chun’s skills as a sushi chef.
“We have to get three or four new computers in and have to purchase a big grill so a mini-chef can cook,” Sissy said. “We are going to paint and decorate it to make it have more of a Japanese style, and we have to fix some of the furniture.”
The local Hibachi Express will serve up Asian-inspired foods, including egg rolls, salads, wraps, hibachi meats and noodles, ranging in price from $5 to $8.
“Hibachi food is cooked on a grill. We will have meats like beef, steak, chicken and some seafood like shrimp. Everything comes with fried rice, grilled vegetables and Terry Ho’s famous yum yum sauce,” Sissy said. “The restaurant is between fast food and dine-in. The food is always going to be hot. We will not have sushi in the beginning; we will have to see how much we can handle first.”
Individuals interested in applying for a position at Hibachi Express can fill out an application at the restaurant from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We’re looking for full-time and part-time,” Sissy said. “We need to hire about four or five plus a kitchen staff of three. The main chef will be my husband.”
The restaurant is slated to operate seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday with extended hours on the weekend. The eatery’s seating capacity fits around 50 and a drive-thru is also available.
As the creator of the restaurant, Terry Ho owns nine restaurants located in Albany, Americus, Columbus, Leesburg, Valdosta, Mobile, Ala. and Tallahassee, Fla.
“The Milledgeville restaurant is locally owned by the Chows under my concept. I have one opening in Moultrie in about two months and another one opening in Saraland, Ala. this late summer,” Ho said. “Hibachi Express will offer quality Japanese food fast at an economical price. Milledgeville is a great community with college students and locals, and it’s just a beautiful area to be. Once you eat here, you won’t eat anywhere else. We’re excited to be here and hopefully the locals will welcome us with open arms and give us a shot.”
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