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Asian fusion grill to open soon on Main Street

April 07, 2015

Asian fusion grill to open soon on Main Street


A new  to open soon on ’s Main Street will bring an upscale taste of cultural fusion that’s never before been experienced in the area.


By Bryce Martin | Pioneer Editor |

A new restaurant to open soon on Bowman’s Main Street will bring an upscale taste of cultural fusion that’s never before been experienced in the area.

The Hibachi House put up its royal red sign last week, in the building of the former China 88 restaurant, and piqued the interest of the community. On Tuesday, they added a “now hiring” sign to their front window.

Walking through the front door, which was left open to help air out the establishment while it’s being thoroughly renovated, gave a glimpse of the trendy décor. A striking display of bamboo stalks running in between panes of glass greet the customers, as does the building’s new clean, brick façade. Inside, rich colors of reds and blacks filled the space, which was cleared of its previously fading, old dining tables and seating and haphazard décor.

Juxtaposed against a dark wall and flooring stands a lavish bar that changes to all the colors of the rainbow, located almost in the center of the restaurant. Seating divided into sections fills the front space and there is a large, more private dining area cut out at the back of the restaurant.

Ricky Zheng stood behind the bar, amidst a sea of construction.

“Hibachi food is kind of popular in north Dakota so far,” Zheng said.

Zheng said he is on-location at the new Bowman restaurant, assisting with the renovation and ensuring it is ready for the slated opening in two weeks. The restaurant’s owner, Nian Chou, lives in Minot, which is also where Zheng is from.

Zheng explained simply that the Hibachi House will offer a melding of Japanese and Chinese cuisine in a hibachi format.

While it won’t be the same as other hibachi-style restaurants peeking up all around North Dakota — where patrons traditionally are seated before a hot grill and a chef chops together their food in front of them — the Hibachi House will still feature plenty of flavor and flair. As people come in and order their meal, it is prepared fresh in the restaurant’s kitchen.

“People come here and we make it fresh,” Zheng said.

The Hibachi House’s predecessor, China 88, closed in 2013 and, according to Zheng, was branded by its small buffet with food that tended to be overly dry.

Many different combinations of fresh meats and vegetables can be combined, in either mild, spicy or extra spicy according to the preference of the patron, Zheng said.

The restaurant will also offer beer and wine selections to its customers.

“We’ve already setup most of the things; now take care of the little things,” he said.

Right now the restaurant is looking to hire its workforce and complete training before the opening.

The Hibachi House will seek to change the face of Bowman cuisine.