U-Turn: Chinese Buffet Closes Shop

Another prime piece of Belmont real estate is now vacant.


U-Buffet, the Chinese all-you-can-eat restaurant that has been the anchor store in the Belmont Village Shopping Center for several years, has permanently closed. 

This leaves another vacancy at the gateway to Belmont at the corner of Ralston Avenue and El Camino Real. Blockbuster video store, which is across the street from U Buffet

What would you like to see take the place of U-Buffet?  Tell us in the poll and comment section below.


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Denise March 03, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Farrell's Ice cream Parlour-with the gym t block buster ;-)
jeff adams March 03, 2012 at 02:34 PM
PF Changs
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) March 03, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Wow....Farrell's Ice Cream like the ones in the Midwest? (I haven't thought of that place in years, but it was hugely popular in Columbus, OH!) And I agree, a gym would probably do well in this area.
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) March 03, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Do you think Belmont can support another Chinese restaurant Jeff?
Steve Hayes March 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Yes, bring back the Zoo!
Stephanie Shapiro Rudolph March 03, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Islands , fun kid friendly hamburger place
Annette March 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Farrell's would be great. There was also Farrell's in San Mateo and Daly City years ago. Fun place!!
Judi March 03, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Joan, there used to be a Farrell's in the Borel Shopping Center, where birthday parties were so popular - & the food was pretty good as I remember. Maybe... it would do well at the Village. Or something like Steelhead Brewery (has good food also), or a "Stacks" (all very popular), or something like Foreign Cinema (in SF), or even a Hauf Brau. What about a Johnny Rocket's (one in Sequoia Plaza)? Maybe an Apple Store at the BlockBuster site...
HT March 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Stacks would be a good place, considering the long lines at their other locations. Apple Store at the Blockbuster is a good idea, Belmont could certainly use the sales tax revenue!
Sara March 03, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Yes! Stacks or Farrels! That would be dreamy!
Forrest Durham March 05, 2012 at 05:56 AM
How about an antique store like there used to be on the corners.
Jo Delgado March 05, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Love the Farrell's idea at the Blockbuster location, however parking is crummy. A good bakery would be nice also where the U Buffet was. We certainly don't need another bank or phone store!
Lisa Rothstein March 09, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Really happy to see them go (not a fan of moldy deserts). I'd love to see a toy store come back to Belmont. A great breakfast spot would be welcomed too.
TMC March 09, 2012 at 04:37 PM
No, we already have 3 on that block (2 of which are good -- Monster Sushi and Me.N.U, so what's the point? No more chains. A good pub-like place would be great. Look at those places on Laurel Street in San Carlos, with people spilling out of the front doors. U Buffet building has a perfectly good unused patio area that if spiffed up with some planters as an El Camino buffer, and perhaps heat lamps, would be an ideal gathering spot. NO MORE BANKS!
jessica August 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Why did they close it?


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