If you're so hungry you could eat a horse, ride into the Golden Corral. The company operates and franchises more than 480 steak buffet restaurants in 40 states, primarily in the Southeast. The family dining locations serve a variety of steak, chicken, and pork entrees along with an expansive buffet offering both hot and cold food items. Golden Corral units also feature a Brass Bell Bakery serving freshly baked breads, rolls, cookies, and brownies, as well as a Dessert Café. Most of the steak buffet eateries are operated by franchisees. Chairman James Maynard, who controls Golden Corral through his holding company, Investors Management Corp., founded the chain with partner Bill Carl in 1973.
Golden Corral began remodeling its restaurants during 2010. The company plans to renovate restaurant interiors and emphasize fresh ingredients going forward. The majority of the chain's locations will eventually be converted to a "Pavilion" look, where the restaurants' buffets are divided into stations based on various food styles such as Asian, Tex-Mex, and seafood sections. – less