For all of 2013 I have craved Golden Corral.
Since moving to Texas and discovering the North Carolina-based Americana buffets, deep down inside I’ve wanted to spend an evening gorging on baby back ribs, fried chicken, brisket and topping off the meal with said meats under a chocolate fountain.
I even had my date of gluttony set for this weekend, but those plans never came to fruition.
I should be glad they didn’t.
On Monday, a video a Golden Corral employee posted went viral.
In the 2-minute video — posted on July 1 — a Corral employee from one of the chain’s Florida locations explains that during a visit from the health inspector, the restaurant hid prepped food by the dumpsters. Beside the restaurant’s dumpsters are uncooked burger patties, a pile of baby back ribs and more. The scene is completed with flies hovering over the food. The narrator says the food will be served later.
I should be glad for this whistleblower, and how easy technology has made sharing. All my desires to dine at the all-you-can-eat franchise have been dashed.
The Huffington Post reported that the Port Orange, Fla. location has fired a manager and the food left outside wasn’t served to customers.
While it sounds like an isolated incident and I’m sure nearby locations follow health and sanitary practices it’s a tarnish on the brand.
I’m still tempted by All-You-Can-Eat Wing Fest, but I don’t think I’ll be able to stomach it for awhile.