The wait is almost over.

The long anticipated Panda Express is set to open Monday, June 18, according to Hector Coronel, director of restaurant development affairs for Panda Express.

“The project in Stephenville is looking like it will open mid June - June 18 is the projected date,” Coronel said.

The 2,600-square foot building will include 53 parking spots, inside seating for 54 and outdoor seating for 16.

The restaurant, located near Pastafina on Washington Street, is already recruiting for help.

The popularity of Panda Express is growing rapidly with 112 restaurants opening across the U.S. annually.

“Texas is a big market for us,” Coronel said. “We love Stephenville.”