International buffet to replace Poughkeepsie location
Golden Corral is gone – once again.
International Buffet will replace the besieged restaurant chain’s Poughkeepsie town location, according to a sign outside the building at 2345 South Road. The restaurant is “coming soon” and hiring managers, executive chefs, waiters and kitchen staff.
Golden Corral has not been opened since the start of the pandemic. Its future had looked uncertain after a “for sale” sign was placed outside the restaurant earlier this year, but the company said it was only a temporary closure.
The brand’s signage is now partially removed and the building repainted.
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Little is known about the restaurant that will take its place.
International Buffet has no social media or web presence. There was no meeting item to discuss the project with the Zoning Board or the Town of Poughkeepsie Planning Board.
Supervisor Jay Baisley lamented the loss of Golden Corral, but added that opening a new restaurant is positive for the city.
“As always, we are sorry to see a company leave the region. The pandemic has been extremely tough on catering, especially buffets,” he said. “The fact that a new company is coming to take over an empty space is positive. We welcome them to the city and wish them the best of luck.
Golden Corral’s website still reports that the restaurant’s operations are “temporarily on hold,” although the location’s Google listing says it is permanently closed.
Media relations for Golden Corral did not return a request for comment.
This could mark the conclusion of the troubled location saga; it had previously been closed for about 20 months under a previous owner.
Golden Corral was first announced in Poughkeepsie in June 2015, with plans to open in summer 2016. It opened under franchisee Sherrance Henderson on January 27, 2017, but closed 11 days later for “Eliminate all faults” from its operation. . It closed again at the end of March of the same year, amid concerns over service and sanitation, and accusations that it had failed to pay several employees. It did not reopen under Henderson.
Under franchisee Niral Patel, Golden Corral reopened in November 2018 and remained open for approximately 16 months. The restaurant temporarily closed in March 2020, according to a post on its Facebook page.
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