Here's How Buffet Chains Plan To Operate Post-Pandemic

May 13, 2020

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With heightened awareness of how quickly germs are spread, it would be really difficult for many people to feel comfortable returning to the way things were before. There's been a lot of talk over the past couple months about how buffet restaurants will forever be a thing of the past, however, that may not be totally true. 

Golden Corral tells TMZ that the chain is adapting with the times by implementing a cafeteria-style serving method, where cooks will handle utensils instead of guests putting their germy hands all over them. The restaurant is also reportedly serving "family-style" meals on large platters of food for tables with large parties. Social distancing will also be encouraged, along with other health and safety measures for employees and guests. 

Moving forward, once we begin to regain some normalcy in our lives, will you feel comfortable dining at a buffet-style restaurant? For me personally, I wouldn't feel entirely comfortable. I typically don't eat at buffet restaurants anyway, though. 

I think we'll see catering options become more popular in the future. My family has had Chipotle and Qdoba cater our small family gatherings before, which typically involves picking up the food to-go in larger quantities. At home, all the food is set up buffet-style and family members can help themselves. I'd love having this option from a variety of restaurants if I had a family to feed or wanted to hang out with friends (but not around public germs). 

Either way, we're in this together and I'd love to connect with you on Instagram! Find me @mollieonair