Owners and officials cut the ribbon on the new Chow King Grill & Buffet restaurant in Smyrna on Wednesday.

“The investment here in our community is quite large, approaching $2 million. That’s very important to our community, plus the jobs that have been created,” said David Connell, president and CEO of Cobb Chamber of Commerce, who emceed the ceremony.

New to the Promenade shopping center, the Asian restaurant is just across Cobb Parkway from SunTrust Park. The buffet restaurant seats 500-plus and offers private party rooms.

The menu focuses on classic Asian food, fresh sushi and a cook-to-order hibachi bar, where patrons select their meats, seafood and vegetables and watch the sushi and hibachi chefs create the meals. Different entrees are served on different days, and Chow King changes its menu every two weeks.

In addition to the Asian cuisine, the restaurant also offers an American-style salad bar and kid-friendly meals, including chicken tenders and pizza. The Hong Kong Noodle Soup made from an original family recipe is considered the specialty of the house. All food is prepared fresh daily.

Chow King owner Yun Da Chen invested almost $2 million in refurbishing the restaurant.

The Smyrna location is the 26th restaurant for the Chen family, who came to the U.S. from China and opened their first restaurant 20 years ago in Tifton. The Chens’ locations now stretch from Macon to Pensacola to Panama City to Valdosta.

The interior of the Cobb restaurant features a glass ceiling, life-sized terra cotta soldiers standing watch in the front entry and a collection of unique Asian style vases.

Among the dignitaries speaking at the ribbon cutting were Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott, Smyrna city council members Ron Fennel and Susan Wilkinson, Smyrna Police Chief David Lee, Col. Marty Hughes of nearby Dobbins Air Reserve Base and Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling.

The restaurant is at 2400 Cobb Parkway near the Best Buy. Info: 470-308-3333 or chowkingcobb.com.

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