Golden Corral Plans Fast-Casual Homeward Kitchen in North Carolina

Golden Corral Corp. plans to open Homeward Kitchen, the first fast-casual
version of its buffet concept, in a former Chick-fil-A location in Southern
Pines, N.C., a community northwest of Fayetteville, N.C.

The Raleigh, N.C.-based Golden Corral said the 4,200-square-foot
conversion to Homeward Kitchen will open in the fall, aimed toward counter
service and a younger customer than the traditional buffet concept.

Golden Corral is also testing a full-service steak concept, GC Grill House by
Golden Corral, at a location in Lake Placid, Fla. That concept features a menu
of favorites like pot roast, fried chicken and yeast rolls, plus new items like
porterhouse steak, filet mignon, grilled pork chops and shrimp grits.

“Some of Golden Corral’s biggest strengths are our comfort food like fried
chicken, meatloaf and pot roast,” said Lance Trenary, Golden Corral CEO
earlier this year, in explaining Homeward Kitchen. “There won’t be a buffet in
this restaurant. It will strictly be order at the counter, and we’ll come bring
the curated comfort food to your table.”

Article Courtesy of Nation’s Restaurant News