I got some take away from Kuku's the other night and asked the owner about the status of the buffet. He said it cost him $8000 in the permitting process, but that Saanich was now requiring about $60 000 worth of renovations to the building for him to open the buffet. He said at that price he is not going forward, I do not blame him as restaurants are more often money losers and not money makers.
The owner did say that he was looking for a restaurant space that needs no changes. If/when he finds this he will consider opening the buffet there.