Golden Corral Starts Reopening, Without The Buffet

No-buffet rules aren’t keeping Golden Corral from reopening its restaurants. The big buffet chain has been gradually reopening locations across the country with different service models. In the cafeteria-style model, stanchions are set up around the buffet areas, and now-common floor markers tell customers where to stand as they line up for their food. Golden Corral staff then serve customers the food they request, eliminating the need for customers to touch the utensils. In the family-style model, servers bring customers “an endless buffet” of selected items to their tables. In its statement, the company said it's enforcing rigorous cleaning standards for customer touchpoints and is checking customers’ temperatures and adding hand sanitizing stations. Tables are spaced to keep customers apart, and drinks are being delivered to tables. Golden Corral said its opening would be done on a location-by-location basis. That said, the buffet isn’t completely dead — 15 locations have the old service model now available.