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Whatever your feelings about Golden Corral, there are quite a few interesting facts you might never have suspected about this temple to all-American overindulgence. Here's a look at the untold truth of Golden Corral.
The early Golden Corrals were basic family steakhouses, along the lines of Bonanza, Ponderosa, Sizzler, and Beefsteak Charlie's. Hey, it was the '70s, and cheap meat was definitely having a moment.
The moment didn't last, though, and by the 80's Golden Corral was looking for a new gimmick. They rebranded and expanded, adding a new buffet that offered a "Golden Choice" of 160 different hot and cold-items, including a carving station for roast beef, ham and turkey. And the rest is history.
With Golden Corral's '80s-era expansion came what remains one of its most popular features, an in-house bakery. This new addition was later named the Brass Bell Bakery, after the real bell that was supposed to be rung every 15 minutes. Why?
“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!"
No, actually, it was to let people know that a fresh batch of hot rolls had come out of the oven. This continued into the early 21st century, but seems to have faded away. The bakery, though, is still going strong, and that's the important part.
Watch the video for more on the untold truth of Golden Corral!
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The brass bell | 0:37
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