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Hibachi Grill P&G Buffet, 7550 Garners Ferry Road: May 2013   12 comments

Posted at 12:59 am in Uncategorized

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I first wrote about this location doing a closing on the Ryan's that previously occupied the spot. That closed in early 2009, and by early 2010 (if not before) Hibachi Grill P&G Buffett was open in its old spot.

I don't know what the issues with the building are -- it's not that old, but apparently P&G are doing major work on it, and the restaurant is closed during the construction. (And this is not one of those hopeful "closed for remodeling" deals where you know it's never coming back -- the work has actually started and is ongoing).

(Hat tip to commenter badger)

UPDATE 16 July 2013 -- Took the "temporary" tag off the subject line as the location has opened as a new business, Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi Buffett:

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UPDATE -- Ichiban has been doing some billboard advertising:

Written by ted on May 23rd, 2013

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12 Responses to 'Hibachi Grill P&G Buffet, 7550 Garners Ferry Road: May 2013'

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  1. There's a banner type sign on the fence along Garners Ferry that says "Ichiban" coming soon.

    badger

    5 Jun 13 at 7:50 am

  2. I think the building is only from 2005 or 2006. Maybe some of the other site readers can comment on this, but I'm pretty sure right after the Ryan's, it was a "Fire Mountain" restaurant, which is just like a Ryan's. I only ate at that building once and I think it was in about April 2009 when it was a Fire Mountain. Could've been 2008 though.

    Ryan G

    6 Jun 13 at 8:19 am

  3. Yes, It was a Fire Mountain. One of my friends with food industry contacts said that Fire Mountain was the brand Ryan's corporate used to open stores in areas where the local Ryan's franchaise had soured the market. Personally, I think it's a bad name, as for me at least, it leads me to expect a completely different type of restaurant, something Hawaiian, or at least spicy.

    ted

    6 Jun 13 at 10:55 pm

  4. That Fire Mountain was built in the 2003/04 timeframe. My mom and I had lunch with a friend there in July 2005...

    Andrew

    6 Jun 13 at 11:02 pm

  5. I live on that side of town. My Wife and I ate there two, maybe three times when it was Fire Mountain. I remember the food as being "just okay" nothing special. I also remember how I got full, before eating enough from the buffet, to justify the price.

    Rick

    9 Jun 13 at 7:20 am

  6. I never ate there when it was a Ryans or Fire mountain. I was excited that a large scale Chinese buffet was opening, but after it did, I was disappointed. The food there was very bland.

    My favorite buffets always seem to close however. The Splendid China buffet on Two Notch, The chilli pepper seafood house in the vista, and the Mandarine on Beltline that is now Casa Lindas (Also a good place)

    Hopefully the food will get better at Ichiban.

    MrBO

    13 Jul 13 at 12:07 pm

  7. Will Ichiban be Japanese? If so that might be successful. I hate Chinese buffets....

    Ryan G

    15 Jul 13 at 9:10 pm

  8. Looks like its going to be another Chinese buffet. This review is troubling;

    http://www.yellowpages.com/columbia-sc/mip/ichiban-hibatchi-sushi-buffett-480089892

    Then again, there were a couple of better reviews here;

    https://plus.google.com/102707264761509425277/about?gl=us&hl=en

    Guess I'll have to just visit the place.

    MrBO

    15 Jul 13 at 9:19 pm

  9. It will not succeed long term then. In the American south, Hibachi buffets thrive (in a lot of locations where Ryan's have been shut down, buffets have taken over the spots, see Georgetown, SC), not Chinese places.

    Ryan G

    16 Jul 13 at 4:05 pm

  10. The shame is when the P&G opened, there was a *REAL* hibachi place at the apex of the strip mall next door; Mushi-Mushi. They had the gather-round grill-tables like Sato's on Forest. It wasn't long after the P&G opened that this place closed down.

    Can't say it's cause & effect. I went into Mushi-Mushi several times for lunch and they didn't look too busy. (The food wasn't as good as Yamato's's or Sato's, but still worth stopping by) The timing's was such that I'm pretty sure that P&G was the death nell for this place.

    MrBO

    16 Jul 13 at 9:01 pm

  11. ted

    16 Jul 13 at 10:38 pm

  12. Went to Ichiban today. I guess on Sunday afternoon they put out the premium buffet. It's a Japanese/Chinese buffet. I would say it's a little better than the P&G but not by much. A lot of the food was barely warm. The egg rolls were tough but the California rolls were pretty good.

    I went around noon. There wasn't much of a crowd, but as I left there were several cars of church folks coming in.

    MrBO

    21 Jul 13 at 11:50 am

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