COVID-19 shutters Northfield Center's Golden Corral

Parent company says buffet restaurant will not reopen

JEFF SAUNDERS
Reporter
The signs are down and the parking lot is empty at the Northfield Center Golden Corral restaurant, which has permanently closed due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

NORTHFIELD CENTER — Fans of buffet dining have lost a venue in the area with the closure of the Golden Corral restaurant in the Crossings at Golden Link shopping center.

The restaurant there is a business casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A company operated restaurant in Macedonia, Ohio will remain permanently closed due to the business impact of COVID-19,” Golden Corral Corp. said in a statement. “We appreciate the support of the community and the guests who have dined with us at this location. Our thoughts and prayers are with our restaurant team members and their families as they look to transition to a new job.”

According to Summit County property records, the former restaurant is in Northfield Center.

“They got a new owner awhile back,” said Township Trustee Paul Buescher, “but I guess they couldn’t make it because of this virus thing. It didn’t help them. Who’s going to go to a buffet-style with all that stuff going on?”

A search on Golden Corral’s website no longer shows the Northfield Center restaurant, but locations in Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Elyria are still listed.

According to a May 25 article in trade publication Restaurant Business Magazine, Golden Corral announced it had furloughed 2,290 employees after shutting down all 35 company-operated restaurants, but some of the restaurants 454 franchised locations would remain open for takeout and delivery.

The article said the company would provide food for furloughed employees and would help them apply for unemployment benefits.

A May 14 Restaurant Business article says Golden Corral planned on reopening some restaurants as “cafeteria style,” with employees serving patrons, while others would use a “family-style table-service model.”

According to county property records, the 10,580 square-foot building at 8261 Golden Link Boulevard was constructed in 2003 for use as a Golden Corral restaurant. It was owned by Frisch’s Restaurants, Inc. until 2012 when it was sold to Cole GC Northfield OH, LLC, which has the same Raleigh, N.C. mailing address as Golden Corral’s corporate headquarters.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.