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New Restaurant Open in Southwest Rochester

It’s been vacant for nearly a year, but a new restaurant was slated to open Thursday in a familiar location in southwest Rochester.

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It’s the brand new Star Ocean Buffet, and it’s in the building that formerly housed the Old Country Buffet, in the TJ Maxx & More Plaza along Salem Road Southwest. The Old Country Buffet closed suddenly in March of last year.

According to this Post-Bulletin story, a sign in new restaurant’s window earlier this week said the new restuarant was opening on February 16th.

The story said the restaurant is owned by┬áMike Xie, who’s also involved with the Super Moon Buffets in the Twin Cities.

Interestingly, the story┬ánoted how the new signs on the building are using the leftover ‘buffet’ sign from the Old Country Buffet days — only the new words ‘Star’ and ‘Ocean’ have been added.

But, the story also indicated that the signs were originally installed with the two new words reversed — saying ‘Ocean Star Buffet,’ instead of how they read now (which, as the picture I took on Wednesday afternoon notes, is ‘Star Ocean Buffet.’)

Which, I’m guessing, probably means it’ll be a seafood buffet. Anybody up for some grouper?

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