Sushi, boba teas and poke bowls will be on the menu at the Bronco Student Center this fall.
Hibachi-San opened this week – the first of the Japanese fast food chain’s to be on a college campus. Hibachi-San is part of the Panda Restaurant Group family, which includes Panda Inn and Panda Express.
The current soft opening will last through Aug. 27. The tentative hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but that is subject to change. The restaurant, which will be operated by Foundation Dining Services, will re-open Sept. 24. The eatery replaces the Asian-inspired Bronco Bowl, which opened in September 2014.
Hibachi-San is a blend of traditional Japanese food, such as teriyaki, tempura, and sushi and newer concepts such as poke bowls. It has 19 locations in 11 states.
Poke and teriyaki bowls made at Hibachi-San are individual creations that are assembled right in front of the customer. Poke bowls have a base of steamed rice, brown rice, salad, or soba noodles and are topped with fresh seafood; customers can select from albacore, octopus, salmon, salmon roe, scallops, shrimp, tuna, spicy tuna or yellowtail. The meal is completed with sauce and additional toppings of the customer’s choice.
“Hibachi-San by Panda will provide a new, cutting-edge variety of Asian cuisine,” says Dining Services Director Aaron Neilson. “Poke bowls are a unique item unlike anything we have offered before.”
An innovative tea bar will be the centerpiece at Hibachi-San, offering a variety of fruit teas and milk teas. Customers can add boba to their drinks.
“As a family-owned company, it is our honor to serve the Cal Poly Pomona family our food with passion, service with heart, and ambiance with pride,” says Panda CEO Andrew Cherng. “Hibachi-San offers our guests a wide variety of options, from healthy to indulgent, and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with the university, which is located only miles from where our company started.”