ABILENE, Texas -

Golden Corral Restaurant opened in it's new location Friday.

It moved from 4101 South Danville Drive, where it was for 18 years, to 4357 South Danville Drive.

The chain is expected to bring 50 new jobs to the Abilene community. It's approximately 11,000 square feet and will seat almost 400 diners.

Here's a portion of the press release the corporate office sent out on December 20:

Along with home-style buffet favorites such as pot roast, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and steamed vegetables, the new Abilene Golden Corral will showcase exhibition food preparation featuring Sirloin steak filets on the dinner buffet.  It will also offer a variety of Asian dishes that are served on its Wok buffet, Italian dishes that are served on its Piazza buffet, Mexican dishes that are served on its Hacienda buffet, and seafood dishes that are served on its Lighthouse Seafood Bay buffet.  In addition to the hot buffet items, the restaurant will feature 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 melt-in-your-mouth yeast rolls—will be baked fresh in-house and served daily.  The new Abilene Golden Corral will also showcase a premiere Dessert Buffet, including freshly-spun cotton candy, hand-dipped ice cream, and a trio of dessert fountains (chocolate, white chocolate, and caramel) that will flow all day, every day.

Besides its lunch and dinner buffets (which will feature more than 120 hot and cold food items), the new Abilene Golden Corral will serve a Weekend Breakfast Buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  The Weekend Breakfast Buffet will feature made-from-scratch omelets, along with waking-up favorites such as scrambled eggs, bacon, hand-carved Sirloin, hash browns, pancakes, waffles, French toast, fresh fruit, a variety of juices, donuts, and homemade biscuits.

Hours of operation for the new Abilene Golden Corral will be:

 • Monday – Thursday, 10:45 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

 • Friday, 10:45 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

 • Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

 • Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Lunch will be served Monday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served Monday – Saturday from 4 p.m. – close, and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – close.

As a complement to its every day family dining offering, the restaurant also has banquet facilities that will be available free of charge for groups and organizations in the area that choose to dine at Golden Corral.

And… Seniors who are ages 60 and over can enjoy Golden Corral’s Senior Early Bird Buffet—and a free beverage of their choice!—every Monday – Friday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. for only $7.49.  Additional Senior discounts apply for other meal periods.

The new Abilene, TX, Golden Corral is owned by local entrepreneur Russell Johnson, who will also oversee the restaurant's daily operations.  The restaurant will also be managed by Culinary Manager David Casavant and Hospitality Manager Pamela Sheffield.  Of the new restaurant’s opening, Johnson says:  “We are happy to bring a brand new Golden Corral to the Abilene community and we look forward to treating our friends and neighbors to a wide variety of top quality, home-style foods—all part of our bigger-and-better-than-ever buffet.  So, for a great, family-friendly meal at a budget-friendly price, we invite you to stop by and to experience your brand new Abilene Golden Corral today.  We’ll treat you like family… guaranteed.”