Golden Corral Taking Over At Least 8 Former Old Country, HomeTown, And Ryan’s Buffets

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Fans of all-you-can-eat classic American food may have a tentative reason to rejoice: Golden Corral will be taking over empty restaurants that were closed, sometimes abruptly, by the company that operates buffet brands Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Fire Mountain, and Ryan’s. The competing buffet chain is taking the opportunity to move into some markets where it has never had restaurants before.

The first former Ovation Brands/Buffets LLC location to be herded into the corral was the former Old Country Buffet in Maple Grove, MN, which opened last week. Twin Cities Business Journal reports that Golden Corral has acquired one other Minnesota location, as well as plans to take over the last Old Country Buffet still operating in the state.

According to Triangle Business Journal in Golden Corral’s hometown of Raleigh, NC, the chain plans to take over former Old Country and HomeTown Buffets and Ryan’s restaurants in California, Connecticut, Texas, Alabama, and Kentucky. Executives reportedly They’ll open the restaurants by early 2017.

How Golden Corral is taking advantage of a competitor’s bankruptcy [Triangle Business Journal]