The Hometown Buffet location, 10,000 square feet on Mooney Boulevard, has been listed for sale for $2 million. Image via crexi.com.
Written by John Lindt
Comfort food favorite Hometown Buffet is on the sales block for $2 million, according to the real estate company marketing the property.
The big Mooney Boulevard restaurant is closed and investors have been invited to tour the 2.2-acre property. Agent Shane Anderson of Commercial Retail Associates says he would not be surprised if the 10,000 square-foot building with a large parking lot is converted to some other use besides dining.
That would not be surprising in that big restaurants — particularly all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants — have had a tough time in the past year due to difficulties with social distancing. Indoor buffet eateries are typically crowded with shared serving spoons. The “shared germ” perception has impacted salad bars, Indian and Chinese buffets as well.
Hometown Buffet in Clovis closed a few years ago, as did the location in San Luis Obispo.
Hometown Buffet is operated by Texas-based Ovation Brands, which has gone through several bankruptcies. The company runs Tahoe Joe’s steakhouse with a location in Visalia.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of the Ovation buffet-style restaurants closed in March 2020 “temporally.” Five locations reopened as “Old Country AYCE Marketplaces” in Summer 2020. As of Jan. 15, 2021, Old Country, Hometown, and Ryan’s Buffet locations are permanently closed, and nearly all have been auctioned off by Auction Nation.