Saturday, March 25, 2017

OCB Levittown Former Location News

We drove past the former location of Old Country Buffet in Levittown, New York today and there is a change. There is now a sign on the side of the building - and soon to be one on the front of the building. The sign says, "GLOBAL BUFFET".

I have tried to find out about what Global Buffet might be. From the name, I say that this is ANOTHER not needed, Asian buffet which will be in direct competition from another large Asian buffet directly across the street. I have found a Global Buffet that WAS in Oswego, New York. This has closed.  It was a Chinese/Asian buffet with mixed reviews that tended toward the negative - and since it has gone out of business, evidently those who though poorly of it were correct. The other is a chain of buffets in Great Britain - though this is named "JRC Global Buffet". These seem to actually be a combination of world foods including American, British, French, Asian, Thai, Brazilian, and more. That would have possibilities but I doubt that this is what this Global Buffet will be - and their website talks about making reservations SO unless that is something that Eurpeans just expect to be able to do, it will not go over well here with the usual buffet dining crowd.

So now we wait and see. It will not likely be long until we know. This does put to rest any idea that Golden Corral was coming here.  I would so much like to see an American buffet or an actual "international" buffet open that is not Asian based. There are enough Asian buffets near by - and the affordable ones all seem to serve the same things. I have been looking forward to a buffet coming with things like meatloaf, carved turkey, steak - maybe, roast beef, real ribs - maybe, fried chicken... Well, I am not so hopeful anymore.

If I can learn more, I will be back with another article.


21 comments:

PAUL D said...

Even before it opens I am certain that it will be better than Chen's Buffet across the street. Chen's is horrendous at best. Probably will close shortly after Global opens.

Writer said...

Paul - you are right. Chens is not what it was when it first opened. But even so, we need a good, non-Asian buffet somewhere on LI - and it does not look like Golden Corral will consider coming here any time soon!

Writer said...

I have been able to find the owner of the coming buffet. The corporation was registered in June, 2016 as Mater Grill and Global Buffet, Inc. I have still not found any other locations or any indication of what type of buffet this will be. Their sign is now up on the front of the building as well as the side.

Anonymous said...


I tried calling the corporation that owns Golden Corral:
Corporate Headquarters
Golden Corral Corporation
5151 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27612
Result: This corporation seems to be waiting for someone (who can afford to take the risk) to buy and operate a Golden Corral franchise(s) in our area. Barring a unlikely change in their corporations mindset - The Golden Corral Corporation is clearly not going to invest it's own money into opening a location in our area any time soon.

Writer said...

Sad to hear! They were on Long Island once - in Commack. They went out of business there - but that location was poorly run, not at all to the standards that are at other Golden Corral - and management and the employees did not seem to care about the cleanliness in the restaurant or how well the food was prepared. With that experience, Corporate may have decided that coming back here is not worth the risk.

You have answered a question that we have had - if Golden Corral is franchised. Apparently, some are - some are not.

Anonymous said...

too bad old country buffet left because that same building is in need of serious maintenance.
sorry but i like chen's buffet across the street because it has great salads and main courses. the garlic shrimp is exc!

Writer said...

Not sure what you are talking about in regard to the Levittown OCB former location. The interior of the OCB part of that building has been totally renovated for the new Global Buffet that is going to open there. The most recent update is that there is now a banner sign across the front of the building saying that Global Buffet and Grill is opening soon. We are still hoping that this will not be another Asian buffet but an American - or truly global - replacement for the gap left by OCB.

Unknown said...

When does it open in levitown

Writer said...

There is no opening date listed anywhere. The banner on the front wall just says "...Coming Soon"!

Jay M said...

I totally Miss Old Country Buffet! A family first took me there and after that I took family members there and we All Loved it, the fried chicken was the greatest. I am looking for an American Buffet and wished that Golden Corral had taken the place of OCB. But before I say any negative comments I will see what the Global Buffet is like and then express my opinion after that.

Writer said...

Jay - I think most of us local to the area are waiting to see what Global Buffet and Grill is going to be. They are taking a very long tome to get this open. There does not seem to be work going on at the building - but the windows are covered over and it is hard to tell what is going on inside. As to Golden Corral - that would have been great but two new Golden Corrals that have moved into former OCB locations are getting terrible reviews. We were going to go up to CT to review that location and a reader advised against it - at least at this time. Things are not going well there!

Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor that the Global Buffet will have a sign "Halal." If this is true I will not eat at any pro Muslim restaursnt that hates us and wants to kill us. I will post on every social media that you acquiesced to evil and I hope I could bring you down.

Writer said...

I have seen nothing at all about Global Buffet - other than the sign outside that says COMING SOON. I have not been able to find out what type of restaurant it will be. They put up fancy brickwork around the door - and that is the last change that is noticeable from outside. AND I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS RESTAURANT OTHER THAN WRITE ABOUT IT AS A NEW UNKNOWN BUFFET! WHEN THEY OPEN AND YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THEM - LET THEM KNOW ABOUT IT.

Sam I Am said...

All I got to say is if the fried chicken is as bad as the crap served at most Oriental buffets, I will not be eating there. And the waitresses at Chen's spit in your soda.

Sam I Am said...

OK folks, was there last Monday. Went in and spoke to the guy in charge. Says it will open Saturday,8/26. He said they have been held up by red tape and bureaucratic delays.

The place looked amazing. All new. OCB went out in the dumpster.

Told me they will have Oriental,American,Italian cuisine.

As of now the listed phone no. is not working. I'll be by there Sat. to check in but no time to eat.

Writer said...

We also went by today. The Coming Soon banner is gone. There are triangle flags flying all around the entrance. We figured they were about to open. Good to hear from Sam I Am that they will open this Saturday. Maybe we will stop in by Sunday for dinner. I am hoping that they are pricing very reasonably or we may not stay to find out how good they are or aren't.

Anonymous said...

So, has anyone been to the new place yet?

spandy said...

It's Delicious(went on 9/01/17 around 7:00pm) I'd say second best for alternative to Minado (and half the price !!!)

Writer said...

To Anonymous who wants to know if anyone has been to the new place yet - Did you read the next article - we went and the review is here.

Writer said...

Spandy - I would not go that far about this new buffet. It is OK but not even close to Minado - and only in price does it beat International Buffet. The following article is out review!

Anonymous said...

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