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Columbia firefighters battle a blaze at Golden Corral on Clark lane on December 31, 2022 (file photo courtesy of the Columbia Fire department)

UPDATE: Columbia’s fire-damaged Golden Corral finally reopens

The newly-remodeled Golden Corral buffet and grill on Columbia’s Clark lane held a May hiring event (May 12, 2024 file photo from 939 the Eagle’s Brian Hauswirth)

The parking lot at Columbia’s Golden Corral was busy all day Thursday, when the restaurant finally reopened after being closed for a year-and-a-half due to fire damage.

Columbia firefighters say the New Year’s Eve 2022 blaze caused $250,000 in damages, including heavy roof damage. There were no injuries. Construction crews have essentially rebuilt the entire restaurant, and they have a newly-remodeled dining room.

Golden Corral is popular for its food, including its breakfast offerings. It’s also a very popular spot for Thanksgiving lunch for families. The restaurant held a three-day hiring event in May, and is still hiring employees.

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