By KEVIN CHIRI
Tammany West news
COVINGTON – Steve Li has proven to the eastern St. Tammany diners that he knows how to provide a great buffet dinner.
For 11 years the Golden Dragon restaurant in Slidell has packed them in for a fantastic buffet with over 100 items from American, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, not to mention a wide variety of seafood items prepared every day.
Now Li is bringing the same great buffet to Covington after becoming the new owner of Four Seasons Chinese Buffet located at 600 N. Hwy. 190, in the shopping area right off Interstate 12.
“The secret to a great buffet is to offer good prices, always keep the food fresh and give great customer service,” Li said. “We have done that at Golden Dragon for over 10 years and now we are doing it at Four Seasons in Covington.”
Li became the new owner of Four Seasons when he purchased the local Chinese buffet approximately three months ago. Since then he has seen business steadily
grow as the regular diners are apparently enjoying what they have seen there and are coming back, besides putting the word out about the new ownership.
“This is really a family restaurant and even though there are other buffets in Covington and Mandeville, we do everything
we can to make this perfect for our customers,” he said. “And people know me from Slidell so when they see me there it lets them know what a good restaurant we have. In three months we have seen business grow about 30 percent and that is because we are providing a great buffet at very good
One of his trademarks with the restaurant buffet business is that Li has always offered great coupon discounts (check out coupon on the top of this page). His top coupon is the regular 25 percent off buffet coupon that is now available during his grand opening special. Other
coupons can be found in his advertisement in the Clipper magazine.
Li has great support with his staff with floor manager Ken Chi, and his kitchen manager Andy Zhu, who has 25 years of experience in the business. His sushi chef is a specialist with years of experience as well.
Li actually got a design degree in college and has used his design skills in his restaurants, which included several buffet restaurants before he settled down to just Golden Dragon in Slidell. Now with Four Seasons he is back to heading up two of his “Steve Li buffet restaurants” in the parish.
Li went to college in China and followed his family to the United States 20 years ago. Shortly after arriving here, his family began to find success in the restaurant business,
specializing in Japanese style buffets. First in California, his sister moved to Louisiana and suggested some of the family come here to continue growing their restaurant.
Even though Li had worked eight years with his design degree, utilizing it in the computer field, he made a switch to the restaurant business when he came to Louisiana, and has put his design degree to work in the restaurants.
Not only is there an incredible variety of offerings in the regular buffet and at the sushi buffet, but chefs are standing ready to make any specialty dish you want.
“We know this is a difficult economy for people, so we have something that gives them a lot of variety and a lot of value, all at one restaurant,” Li said. “We have found this is the best style for many people and it has been very successful.”