The Panda Restaurant Group is the owner and operator of Panda Inn, Panda Express, and Hibachi-San.
The company was founded by Andrew and Peggy Cherng and Andrew’s father, Master Chef Ming Tsai Cherng. They are from the Yangzhou region of China and started their first restaurant in Pasadena, California.
In 1983 Donahue Schriber Real Estate invited the Cherngs to develop a fast-food version of their restaurant Panda Inn, and Panda Express was born.
The chain expanded rapidly and by 2007 the Panda Restaurant Group reached $1 billion in sales.
Panda Express offers Asian-themed food in high-traffic locations such as malls, airports, and sporting arenas.
Hibachi-San offer a quick-service Japanese grill menu.
Panda Inn offers full-service dining.
Today Panda Restaurant Group has 1,600 locations and is the largest Chinese fast food chain in the United States.