Drive-Thru Buffet brings back fried
- Published: November 15, 2011
Fried chicken is the star of a buffet restaurant to open at the former KFC building, which was briefly home to CJ’s Southern Cooking after idling two years.
Building owners and fast food franchisers, Don and Joan Bowling, are going a decidedly non-corporate route with the new restaurant by sourcing some ingredients locally, preparing food from scratch and prioritizing quality over cost.
“We’ll have homemade recipes, not food dumped out of a can,” Don Bowling said last week.
The Drive-Thru Buffet, at 1535 South Xenia Avenue, opens at the end of the month. The vegetarian-friendly, diverse spread at the daily lunch and dinner buffets may include — in addition to the southern-fried staple — fried-green tomatoes, fish, spaghetti, turkey and dressing, pulled pork, stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, meatloaf, potato and macaroni salads, coleslaw, vegetable salads and even a dish from India.
Last week the restaurant’s manager, Michael Randall, continued to hone the dining room’s retro look. Click on the photos below to enlarge.
See the Nov. 17 issue of the News for the full story.