Friday, April 15, 2011
KETTERING — The former Ryan’s Steakhouse at 1760 E. Stroop Road that has been closed since 2007 is slated to open this summer as Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, the new restaurant’s owner said this morning.
In a phone interview from a New York City airport where he was about to board a plane this morning, owner Sheng Li said he hopes to open his newest restaurant in late July or August. Li operates restaurants of the same name in the Cincinnati area; Muncie, Indiana; and Greenville, N.C. — some in former Ryan’s Steakhouse locations. “That type of restaurant is very suitable for what we’re trying to do,” he said.
Gregg Gorsuch, economic development manager for the city of Kettering, called the renovation encouraging. The former restaurant has sat vacant for nearly four years and has become a target for graffiti vandals.
“I believe it is a sign that the economy is turning around, and that people are starting to go back out to eat again,” Gorsuch said.
The rebirth also fuels a positive trend of new-restaurant openings in the Dayton area in recent months. In 2010 alone, at least 17 restaurants either opened or launched significant renovations in the Miami Valley in locations that had been lifeless for six months or more.
This morning, two workers were starting renovations on the interior of the former Ryan’s, while two roofing contractors marked off the dimensions of the roof.
The new restaurant is adjacent to the U.S. Post Office in Kettering, just west of Wilmington Pike, near an entrance to Meijer.
Sheng Li said the Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet will seat an estimated 320 people. He said he’s not sure how many employees will be hired.Tweet