LIMA — The buffet line will be back open at Lima’s Golden Corral soon.
Gov. Mike DeWine recently allowed buffets to reopen. The Golden Corral, 2620 Elida Road, Lima, has been closed since the pandemic started but now will reopen at 11 a.m. on March 19.
“It makes me feel pretty good. Things are turning around,” said Diane Miller, general manager of Golden Corral in Lima. “I mean, every day that I’m here, the phone is ringing constantly. People are stopping by. So that’s a really good sign.”
A lot of work remains to be done before the restaurant is reopened.
“We’ve been closed for so long,” Miller said. “I live in Findlay. I’ve been coming down, trying to get things going, making sure equipment still works. We still have to get a truck in because the Golden Corral in Fort Wayne took all our food and paper and plastic,” Miller said.
Miller said they will still have to take precautions to keep people safe against COVID-19.
“We’re going back to as regular as you can get for a buffet. People have to know the guidelines,” Miller said. “People will have to sanitize their hands before they touch the utensils, so we’ll provide gloves. They can use the gloves to touch the plates, get their own plate, getting their food, and that’s pretty much the biggest change.
“Obviously, they still have to wear a mask when they’re up at the bar. If they don’t have a mask, they cannot go up and serve themselves. We have to do it for them.”
Because it’s been so long since the restaurant had been open, there were some personnel changes.
“We’re going to have to hire some people. I lost a couple of managers, they found something else, just because we were closed for so long,” Miller said.
Miller praised those who continue to work for them.
“The employees have been great that have stuck with us. I’ve had them come in yesterday and fill out new availability forms, and they can’t wait to get back to work. They’ve been great,” Miller said.
For now, they won’t be offering breakfast.
“We’re just going to open at 11 every day. We did breakfast before. We’re not going to do that for the first few weeks,” she said. “We’re just going to concentrate on lunch and dinner and slide into it, get us back on our feet. You know, we haven’t worked for a while.”
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