New business — 99 Pounds Buffet opened Sunday, serving traditional Chinese and sushi

Newberg’s new Chinese restaurant, “99 Pounds Buffet” has two meanings behind its title. The first, owner Tony Lin said, is because the number 99 is lucky in China. The second is because the restaurant is on Highway 99W.

While the name of the 2818 Portland Road location is different, Lin said much of the interior remains the same since he and his wife Jenny took over after the closure of the previous restaurant, Ohana Buffet. But the food, what he said really matters, will be different.

“The food is mostly important; people come here for food if nothing else,” Lin said. He will serve traditional Chinese food as well as a sushi bar.

He said in East Peoria, Ill., where they spent more than a decade, he owned Jade Garden, another Chinese restaurant.

“The whole town, everybody loves us,” he said. “It was a very friendly small town, about 25,000 population.”

He’s hoping to establish a similar reputation in Newberg. “I hope we can (make) the people happy here,” Lin said.

As for why they moved to the West Coast, it was simple.

“There’s better weather,” he said, the recent snow storm aside. “And my whole family lives on the West Coast.”

The buffet opened Feb. 16 and will be open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 4 to 9 p.m. for dinner. For more information, call 503-538-9333.

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