Golden Corral began as a family steakhouse restaurant in North Carolina in 1973. Although the company experienced steady growth through the 1980s, customers began requesting more variety and healthy options on the menu. Golden Corral responded by adding a buffet and salad bar to its restaurants. It has since become one of the fastest growing franchise opportunities in the family-dining market. The company's signature product is its Golden Choice Buffet, which features over 150 food items and a carving station that offers roasted turkey, pork and beef. Its Brass Bell Bakery and dessert area features a wide variety of cakes, pies, cookies and other sweet treats baked fresh on the premises every 15 minutes. On the weekends, a breakfast buffet is available. Those looking to start a franchise with Golden Corral will find themselves working with an established company that has a proven track record.
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Over the past several years, Golden Corral has expanded the number of available franchise opportunities. There are now more than 450 locations in 39 states, of which approximately 380 are franchised. On average, a new Golden Corral restaurant opens every two weeks and there are franchises for sale in almost every state. Although not one of the cheap franchises to purchase, many franchisees own and operate more than one location. Golden Corral also offers multi-unit development options on a national basis. Franchisees report generally favorable reviews regarding training and support, especially in the areas of site selection, restaurant management and operations. The company regularly ranks in the top 20 among grill-buffet and family steakhouse franchisors. Nation's Restaurant News recently voted Golden Corral the number one "consumer's choice" among all cafeteria- and buffet-style restaurant chains, giving franchisees a popular and highly marketable product.
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