Golden Corral opens today on Cherokee Ave.


A sign outside the restaurant announces the opening date. / Tribune file photo

CULLMAN – The wait is over, and just in time for Thanksgiving. Golden Corral will open its doors today, Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. in the old Ryan’s location on Cherokee Avenue in southwest Cullman. The restaurant’s official address is 1720 Cherokee Ave. SW.

News of the chain’s Cullman location first came out back in August.

An official press release from the restaurant chain stated, "Golden Corral Buffet & Grill is excited to be entering the Cullman, AL market…The approximately 10,000 square ft. Golden Corral has seating capacity for 350 guests, and brings approximately 100 jobs to the community."

Susan Eller, Cullman Economic Development Agency project coordinator told The Tribune Monday afternoon, "While talking with the representatives of Golden Corral, they are excited to be locating in Cullman.  We have discussed ways they can give back to Cullman, which demonstrates they have a heart for showing support for the community that supports them.” 

Continued Eller, “Mayor Jacobs and I were able to visit the store last week.  We were impressed with the selections of food they will offer the community from fresh salads to hand-cut meats to a very tempting dessert bar complete with the chocolate fountain which I am sure will be enjoyed by all ages!  

“We are excited that they were able to turn an empty building into something, that appears from comments I read, that many people in the community are looking forward to visiting," said Eller. “We are seeing a lot of retail activity in the community.  With the opening of national brands like Golden Corral, it helps drive more of what the community wants to the area.”

According to Golden Corral Marketing Director Sandy Choate, "The restaurant will feature endless home-style buffet favorites such as pot roast, fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, plus a variety of international tastes and flavors including Italian and Mexican and signature seafood dishes. Guests will be able to enjoy premium meats slow smoked in-house over aged mesquite wood at our Smokehouse station.  Sirloin steak is grilled to order, carved, and served daily at dinner.

"As a complement to the hot buffet items, the restaurant features a market-fresh salad bar, where guests may build their own salads from dozens of ingredients.

"Rounding out the buffet offering, a variety of cakes, pies and homemade breads—including warm, melt-in-your-mouth yeast rolls—are served on the Bakery buffet.  The new Cullman Golden Corral will also showcase their legendary Chocolate Wonderfall – an ever-flowing chocolate fountain for dipping your favorite fruits and dessert treats.

"Cullman's Golden Corral will serve a Sunrise Breakfast Buffet every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:30 –11 a.m. A 7-Day Brunch will be served every day from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will feature specialty waffles, made-to-order eggs and omelets and so much more.

"The restaurant will have two spacious separate meeting rooms available for large groups and organizations in the area that choose to dine at Golden Corral.

"Golden Corral Corporation is enthusiastic about locating to the Cullman market – a community that they feel is a perfect fit for their brand and a great location to become an active part of Cullman’s business community."

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