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I don’t know if in your area you have a Golden Corral but they damn near offer you a carnival ride to come to their place. Now I can’t front out of all of the TROUGH places to eat in the world Golden Corral seems to have the best quality. Now buffets have been around forever and while I prefer Chinese Buffets with Crab Legs in Virginia; GC has taken the bullshit to a new level. First it was the Chocolate Wonderfall and now they are offering Cotton Candy!
All I can imagine is some kid sticking his hand all the way in the Chocolate Wonderfall and now there are bits of carpet in the chocolate. Or I imagine some college cat putting a pizza slice under it and now a pepperoni is floating in the chocolate. But, when the Cotton candy came up I though WTF is this about? Now I know I won’t be going to GC in the future because who wants Cotton Candy but a kid?
On the Chips side of the game it’s brilliant as they are using differentiation to separate themselves from the other buffets. I know they get all that food for 100 bucks and you end up paying 13 dollars for 2 bucks worth of food, so I love the model. I know in the time of this Great Recession people are looking for a way to feed the whole family and they don’t want to cook. I know bigger people eat a lot more on average (as I do) so you see a lot of hefty folks copping a squat on a chair approaching it’s weight limit. So overall I get the hustle!
But, cotton candy and a chocolate fountain! Damn, if I knew the only thing I needed to add to my restaurant was a chance for you to get a Sno-Cone I would be shocked. I have to dig in the crates and remember all the carnival food like caramel corn and corn dogs and funny shaped straws for the drinks when I blow up my restaurant angle. Who in the world knew people would want to stick a piece of pineapple into a chocolate fountain so much that you would pay 13 bucks just to get the chance. What a hustle!