Saturday, November 9, 2013

'Mega' buffet restaurant set for Hackensack mall

Port of Call, a "mega" buffet restaurant, is renovating this building at 450 Hackensack Ave., in Hackensack's Home Depot Shopping Center, where Green Grill operated for more than a decade.

By Victor E. Sasson

Port of Call, a "mega" buffet restaurant, is renovating the space once occupied by Green Grill in the Home Depot Shopping Center in Hackensack.

Port of Call describes its food as "American fusion and sushi." Its Web site says it will open in "winter 2013."

Green Grill, a Brazilian-style rodizio restaurant known for its gargantuan, all-you-can-eat meals, had 44o seats, and likely was the city's largest restaurant.

In 2005, the restaurant was taken over by new Korean owners.

In recent years, even a $9.95 all-you-can eat lunch couldn't save it.  It closed in late 2012.

Port of Call will be open six days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight, and close on Sundays. I don't know whether POC will have a liquor license.

Other Port of Call buffet restaurants are in Coral Gables and Weston, Fla.

The Coral Gables outpost offers more than 150 items at lunch ($13.19), Saturday and Sunday brunch ($16.19) and dinner ($20.19 to $22.69), according to the Web site.

The new buffet restaurant isn't expected to be a threat to another tenant of the shopping center, Lotus Cafe, a Chinese BYO where the emphasis is on quality, not quantity.

The interior is being renovated.

A small sign announcing the new tenant.

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