Residents of Western Colorado were devasted to discover one of their favorite local restaurants had closed abruptly. This popular Grand Junction, Colorado establishment offered a wide variety of items, all at a reasonable price.

Looking back, did you have a favorite food item at Grand Junction's Golden Corral, an item that kept you coming back for more time and time again? Via Facebook, here's a look at the menu items you loved the most.

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A Very Popular Restaurant In Grand Junction, Colorado

For many in Grand Junction, Golden Corral at 1100 Independent Avenue was a staple of their diet. For those not familiar with the restaurant chain, they offered "... a legendary, endless buffet at breakfast, lunch, and dinner." The company's official website adds, "From our home-style menu favorites to signature sirloin steaks to seasonal promotion specials, there are always new menu items to explore."

Lunch and dinner includes our all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar, signature yeast rolls, and homemade desserts, along with soft-serve ice cream and our famous carrot cake. Our great value for a good price makes Golden Corral a favorite family restaurant among adults and kids alike. - goldencorral.com

Golden Corral Closes In Grand Junction, Colorado

Barely two weeks ago, on Sunday, January 21, 2024, Western Colorado residents enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the Grand Junction Golden Corral. For those customers, and for the employees as well, it was just another day.

Later that same day, a sign went up on the front door, the doors were locked, and customers and employees alike were informed the restaurant was closing for good.

Golden Corral Must Have Been a Great Place To Work

If you visited the Grand Junction location with any frequency, you probably noticed something. Many of the employees, perhaps even most, had worked there for years, if not decades. When it comes to the staff, the place was an oil painting. The gentleman working the grill must have been employed there at least 15 years. A couple of the servers had been there from almost day one. The food service industry is notorious for having high turnover. For a company to retain employees for so long speaks volumes.

Favorite Items at Golden Corral

For many, the standout on the buffet lineup at the Grand Junction Golden Corral was the fried chicken. The salad bar also received tremendous praise. Let's not even get started on the dessert bar.

A post went out on social media asking, "What was your favorite buffet item at the Golden Corral in Grand Junction?" A remarkable number of replies poured in. Here's a look at your favorites.

These Are The Items You'll Discover On Colorado's 'Dream Buffet'

Folks in Grand Junction, Colorado are devasted after the closer of the town's popular Golden Corral. Many are now searching for a new place to call their "dining" home.

While the restaurant offered a wide selection of items, everyone had their favorites. In addition to the salad bar and dinner favorites, Golden Corral also offered a breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Prior to COVID, they had offered the breakfast buffet on Fridays, too.

What were your favorite items at the Grand Junction Golden Corral? We went to social media to ask. Here's a look at some of your favorites.

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18 Fun Western Colorado Restaurants that Belong on TV

Western Colorado is full of great places to eat that have become some of our favorites over the years. Grand Junction is full of great local families that are running successful businesses. We asked you to tell us some of your favorite restaurants that you think belong on TV. Keep going to check out our nominees.

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Small Locally-Owned Colorado Restaurants Worth The Drive

Do find yourself hopping in the car and driving 60 or 70 miles just to visit your favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant or cafe. People in Western Colorado do this all the time. They gather the fam-damily and pile in the SUV to drive up to Mesa to visit the Wagon Wheel. Maybe you pile in the car and drive from Grand Junction to Meeker simply to visit Clark's Burgers.

I asked on Facebook, "Name a small, locally-owned restaurant/cafe/bakery in Western Colorado that's worth making the drive for." Here's what you had to say.

Gallery Credit: Waylon Jordan