The popular Golden Corral restaurant in Fort Gratiot has closed for business permanently for unknown reasons. Sunday, December 29 was the chain location’s last day in business.
The Golden Corral franchise started in 1973 in North Carolina and was named the top buffet restaurant by Entrepreneur magazine just this year. The franchise is known for their Military Appreciation Nights and the summer camp they run for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes. The chain currently has around 480 restaurants nationwide.
The Fort Gratiot location appears to be the latest closure. The “north end” Fort Gratiot commercial landscape is constantly changing, and the Golden Corral looks to have gone the way of Old Country Buffet, as a memory for those who love an all-you-can-eat dining experience. Golden Corral locations nationwide have occasionally closed, remodeled, and reopened. It remains to be seen what the status of this location will be. If you just can’t live without the all-you-can-eat experience at Golden Corral, the next closest locations are in Clinton Township and Flint.