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By Ken Harrison
Oceanside CA— San Diego County is about to get its first Golden Corral buffet restaurant, according to a source in the city of Oceanside. The popular chain of 500 restaurants, in 41 states, heavily advertises on national TV, but to the bane of buffet-loving San Diegans, the nearest locations are in Lake Elsinore or El Centro.
On May 4, Lisa Parker of Golden Corral’s development department in Raleigh, NC confirmed, although they have yet to publicly announce, “Yes, we are coming to Oceanside. It definitely going to happen.”
Known for their buffet menu including all-you-can-eat, grilled to order sirloin steaks, the company is in the early stages of planning to take over a now closed Hometown Buffet building.
Located in the Mission Marketplace Center on the northwest corner of Highway 76 and College Boulevard, the Hometown Buffet closed last year after the company filed, for the third time, Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy.
“We’ve taken over several Hometown Buffets nationwide,” said Parker, indicating the old Hometown Buffet building footprints are ideal for a Golden Corral.
Parker said she is not sure when the restaurant will open because they haven’t started construction yet, but she’s hopeful by November of this year.
There are additional bigger changes in the shopping center. Earlier this year, the Digiplex multi-screen theaters upgraded their facility with a new ownership by AMC.
Construction has already begun in the former Kmart building, to open as a Target in the fall of this year.
Ken Harrison is a freelance Neighborhood News reporter for the San Diego Reader.