Homeward Kitchen: Golden Corral to open a new chain of fast-casual dining restaurants

ORLANDO, Fla. — Golden Corral announced plans for its newest restaurant concept, Homeward Kitchen.


Homeward Kitchen will be Golden Corral’s entry into fast-casual dining and will offer some of the homestyle favorites that have contributed to its appeal over the last 50 years.

The buffet chain aims to serve classic staples like pot roast, fried chicken, and meatloaf from a counter or drive-thru window as well as a fresh, delicious take on sandwiches, salads, and bowls.

Homeward Kitchen’s menu will also have featured items like the Cajun Mac & Cheese Bowl, or a Fried Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich served in Classic, Nashville Hot, Korean Style, and Honey Dipped varieties.

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“We will be bringing high quality, comfort food into a fast-casual concept,” said Golden Corral CEO Lance Trenary. “This will help us reach a new customer demographic while expanding another avenue for our longtime guests.”

Those looking to feed a larger group can opt for a family meal featuring a choice of main courses and larger portions of sides.

All future planned Homeward Kitchen locations will feature a small dining room with dine-in, take-out, and drive-thru ordering options for convenient and fast service, according to a news release.

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“We have a 100-year plan at Golden Corral, and since we just celebrated our 50th anniversary in business, we are only at halftime,” Trenary said. “We see a lot of blue skies ahead of us for the Golden Corral brand and view Homeward Kitchen as a big part of that plan moving forward. We understand our greatest strengths, and we listen closely to our guests. That is what gives us great confidence in what we are developing in Homeward Kitchen.”

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The first location is slated to open this year in Southern Pines, North Carolina later this fall.

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