These Adored Buffet Restaurants Are Now Closed for Good
At the beginning of October it became known that the legendary Buffet and Grill Golden Corral was filing for bankruptcy. Parent company 1069 Restaurant Group has nearly $ 50 million in debt. Although locations in Florida and Georgia are closed, there are plans to keep over 20 locations open. It's been a tough year for neighborhood restaurants where you can eat anything, and there are four other buffet closings to be aware of. Two HomeTown buffets, one Ryans and one Old Country buffet are now permanently closed.
The HomeTown Buffets in Chula Vista and Bakersfield, California, Ryan's in Charleston, West Virginia, and the Old Country Buffets in Chicago have all been hit hard by the pandemic. The locations will be permanently closed from October 9th. Parent company VitaNova Brands, based in San Antonio, Texas, announced the closure and said it could focus on a new line of restaurants. (These aren't the only restaurants to say goodbye to. Here are 9 restaurant chains that closed hundreds of locations this summer.)
VitaNova closed its locations in March when the coronavirus pandemic began. All four have not seen a customer since then. The employees were on leave at the time, but everyone was told that the four buffets are now finally closed. The company compensates for vacation, illness and other benefits.
"This was an incredibly difficult decision, but these locations were already suffering from declining sales before the pandemic," said Jason Kemp, president of VitaNova Brands, in a statement of the tough call to redirect our resources to other locations to keep our restaurants under to operate our new concept of AYCE (All-you-can-eat) and Marketplace. "
The company also has TogoKitchens.com, Zio's Italian Food, Sushi Zushi, Tahoe Joes, Don Pablos Cantina, Hometown AYCE Marketplace, Old Country AYCE Marketplace, Furrs AYCE Marketplace, and Ryan's AYCE Marketplace in its restaurant offerings.
According to his website, there are currently 14 buffets at Ryan's Buffets in 10 states. There are also 16 old country buffets in 10 states. Three states have 28 hometown buffets. California alone has 23. Much of it will reopen soon.
There's still no word about other buffets reopening in places like Whole Foods and some hotel chains. Sign up for our daily newsletter to stay up to date on all restaurant news!
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