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Old Country Buffet


Restaurants embrace paid time off as the way to get employees vaccinated

The list of operators opting for that course is growing quickly.


Is this the end of the buffet?

As restaurants reopen, many regulations explicitly forbid buffets and self-service. That could require massive changes at buffet concepts, or their end altogether, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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Ryan’s, Old Country Buffet and other brands will join FMP’s portfolio.

Sales and unit counts are down overall in the family casual category--otherwise known as buffets or cafeterias.

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The parent of this buffet chain, Ovation Brands, has been closing stores and filed for bankruptcy 

Not every restaurant development of the past year deserved commemoration with a smiley face. Here are a few of low points.

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