Work begins at former Steak ’n Shake site where Panda Express will be

Demolition and construction work has started at a former Steak ’n Shake on Hamilton’s West side, where there will eventually be a new restaurant.

Panda Express plans to open one of its fast-casual restaurants on the site at 1485 Main St. in Hamilton, near Walmart, AMC movie theater and a number of other businesses.

The first Panda Express opened in 1983, in Glendale, Calif., and the company’s “fast-casual” Chinese restaurants now extend from coast to coast and internationally. It has several locations in the region, including at Tylersville and Cox roads, Colerain Avenue, Mason Montgomery Road and at the University of Cincinnati campus.

“From our world famous Orange Chicken to our health-minded Wok Smart selections, Panda Express defines American Chinese cuisine with bold flavors and fresh ingredients. Freshly prepared. Every day,” according to the company’s website.

The company in recent years has been working to remove animal products from some favorite dishes, and also offers plant-based dishes.

There has been no opening date for the Hamilton Panda Express announced.

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