Major US Buffet Chains In Trouble
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2 ... ronavirus/
May 8th, 2020 7:17 pm
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May 9th, 2020 1:08 am
May 9th, 2020 1:15 am
I love the buffet restaurants. I'm pretty sure every effort to maximize profit is always made with the (untouched) left overs...something as simple as tomorrow's in house soup/stew...
May 9th, 2020 1:27 am
May 9th, 2020 2:15 am
May 9th, 2020 7:44 pm
Interesting links...EastGTARedFlagger wrote: ↑ No news here, Buffets Inc (now known as Ovation Brands) has been in trouble for years. Filed for Chapter 11 three times already, 2008, 2012, and 2016. COVID will finish them off:
https://www.businessinsider.sg/coronavi ... nts-2020-5
Eventually if you want the classic American style buffet the only place you'll find it is in casinos...
May 9th, 2020 8:46 pm
May 10th, 2020 11:07 pm
That would increase costs due to increased overhead in facilitating such needs for having a server deployed at every station to serve the queue of guests. So your average $10 buffets (hardly any at that range around anymore) would be looking in the $20 per person range.gr8dlr wrote: ↑ BTW not all buffets are of the $10 per person variety, As some ppl have alluded to there are high end buffets like at Casinos, Hotel brunches, Cruiseliner buffets etc.
Buffets could still adapt....screen/plexiglass off the food and have staff do all the dishing...[think kind of the deli counter at grocery stores].
May 11th, 2020 6:09 am
May 11th, 2020 11:24 am
May 11th, 2020 12:51 pm
I don't think there will be a choice. Perhaps do a temporary $5/pp or more surcharge...depends on how much the buffet is to start with..
May 11th, 2020 1:33 pm
May 11th, 2020 4:58 pm
Some buffet joints I had been visiting over the years had already put a limit on the "premium" items like crab legs, lobster, etc. per person as they know those things they would get hit the hardest in profit. So that was smart on their part to do so already having those kind of items accessible from someone behind a counter serving people.gr8dlr wrote: ↑ I don't think there will be a choice. Perhaps do a temporary $5/pp or more surcharge...depends on how much the buffet is to start with..
Yes costs will/should increase. Having said that if there's a "disher/server" you can't take 5 lobsters per person anymore so there's some savings to be had. As well, you might not go up as often just because it takes more time - perhaps they will limit number of trips as well?
May 12th, 2020 12:10 pm
Strafe1 wrote: ↑ Some buffet joints I had been visiting over the years had already put a limit on the "premium" items like crab legs, lobster, etc. per person as they know those things they would get hit the hardest in profit. So that was smart on their part to do so already having those kind of items accessible from someone behind a counter serving people.
They'd probably have some tab set up in place like giving each person dining a slip/ticket of some sort to redeem to get ONE item of those!
May 12th, 2020 4:30 pm
May 12th, 2020 8:16 pm
Yup, I thought I read they did that from the Dragon Legend/Pearl RFD voucher thread. I'm sure a lot of other buffet joints have been doing that, especially the Chinese buffet restaurants show more stringency to those kinds of restrictions at the buffet areas.
May 13th, 2020 6:20 am
May 13th, 2020 11:12 am
There is food wastage everywhere, if you go to Loblaws or any of their stores they throw away a ton of prepared food that isn't sold, same goes for every single restaurant chain. Should we just close all major chains?