Mongolian stir-fry chain opening in Augusta

A Mongolian stir-fry restaurant that will let diners build their own dishes is opening soon in Augusta Exchange shopping center.

Genghis Grill, a Texas-based chain, will fill a vacant, 4,200-square-foot building at 250 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway that was formerly occupied by Souper Salad. The grill is expected to open by the end of July or early August, said the restaurant’s public relations manager, Chiara Granado.

“Right now we’re in the construction phase,” Granado said. “We’re completely renovating it.”

The restaurant will feature a 7-foot circular grill where meals are cooked in front of customers after they choose from a variety of ingredients.

Granado said the Augusta business is one of a few Genghis Grill restaurants that will offer an extended menu for diners not wishing to build their own bowls. That menu will feature tacos in addition to Asian-inspired salads, wraps and skewers.

“We can cater to any kind of diet,” Granado said.

Between 30 and 50 full-time and part-time employees will be hired at the restaurant, Granado said.

The first Genghis Grill opened in 1998 in Dallas. There are now more than 100 of the restaurants across the U.S. and two in Georgia, near Atlanta.

Restaurant sites are typically picked in smaller cities, Granado said.

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