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Hibachi Express opens on Thompson Bridge Road
Restaurant features Terry Ho's Yum Yum Sauce
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Hibachi Express owner Youda Zhu cooks vegetables for an order at the restaurant on Thompson Bridge Road on Saturday. The restaurant was founded in South Georgia and has now opened several locations across the state. - photo by Erin O. Smith

A Georgia-based, fast Japanese hibachi chain is now open in Gainesville.

Hibachi Express recently opened its first Gainesville location at 1872 Thompson Bridge Road, where the old Jet’s Pizza used to be.

“This restaurant was founded in South Georgia, and now we have locations in Valdosta, Albany, Columbus, Milledgeville, Americus, Atlanta and now Gainesville,” said Terry Ho, who helped owner Youda Zhu with the Gainesville location of the franchise. “We also have locations in Alabama.”

Ho, who owns a number of restaurants in the state and several Hibachi Express locations, and is known for Terry Ho’s Yum Yum Sauce, called the restaurant “fast-casual,” offering express Japanese dinners for about $6-10.

“It’s hibachi-style cooking, so rice, vegetables and meats,” he said.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Ho said the new location in Gainesville was a no-brainer for the franchise.

“Gainesville’s got a great population there,” he said. “We’re in growth mode right now, so we’re picking up locations wherever we can find them really. But Gainesville seemed like a real nice place, with the college there and the hospitals. Plus it’s right there by the lake, so I just think it’s going to be great for us.”

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