MILFORD, Conn. — The much-anticipated opening of Connecticut's first Golden Corral buffet restaurant has been delayed.
The restaurant posted the following message on its Facebook page:
"Contrary to media announcements, we would like to inform the public we will NOT be opening ... March 30, 2017. We appreciate your enthusiasm and patience! Please continue to follow our progress and updates. We are almost there!"
NBC Connecticut reported that inspections were still being finished up — including with the fire marshal and health department — at the renovated restaurant space.
The delay came as a surprise — even the Milford Police Department had issued a warning earlier this week on Facebook for hungry diners to be prepared for gridlock on the roads when the hugely popular buffet restaurant opened Thursday.
"Expect heavy traffic in the area of Turnpike Square for the opening of Golden Corral, consider alt routes," Milford police posted on Facebook.
The buffet-style chain restaurant is opening at 74 Turnpike Square in Milford, in a space that formerly housed Hometown Buffet.
There are many posts on Facebook, including one that aid: "It was supposed to open middle of December. Hope it opens soon. The place is amazing."
"Hang in there. We look forward to welcoming you," Golden Corral CT posted in response to the many comments.
The closest Golden Corral restaurants to Fairfield County are in Springfield, Mass., and Middletown, N.Y.
Golden Corral serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is best known for its hot buffet, where diners can enjoy unlimited quantities of everything from pizza to steak and a wide selection of foods from various ethnicities. It also offers a breakfast buffet and a soup and hot potato bar.
The Milford location has already amassed a hungry following: Its Facebook page has more than 4,400 followers who are anticipating the grand opening.
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