By Robert Christie
The Bronx’s first Golden Corral is coming to East Tremont Ave in spring 2017.
The buffet-style restaurant will set up shop at 2375 E. Tremont Avenue, replacing the Bronx Grill.
The Parkchester location once housed a Sizzler Steakhouse.
Construction, which has already started on the location, will expand the current building to seat approximately 300 people and also include two private party rooms.
In addition, there are 30 parking spaces for customers.
According to a Golden Corral press release, additional parking is available on the street and there is nearby a Central Parking garage located in the Parkchester condominiums.
“My team and I are thrilled to bring the Golden Corral concept to New York City,” said Golden Corral franchisee Niroopa Harpaul. “We’re anxiously counting down the days until our spring 2017 opening, and we’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the Bronx community. We look forward to opening more locations in the near future.”
Haurpal praised the location for its “long history of serving the Bronx community,” citing the Sizzler and Bronx Grill.
Harpaul and her mother Chandra Harpaulwere formerly the co-owners of the Bronx Grill.
The East Tremont Avenue restaurant will be Golden Corral’s first foray into the New York City market and the company’s first attempt at appealing to an urban area.
Harpaul said the “success of this location will set the precedence for future urban locations throughout the country.”
She added, “For the Bronx specifically, we’re excited to offer Golden Corral’s extensive menu at an affordable price.”
Harpaul also touted the number of jobs the location could bring to the community.
Golden Corral expects to bring approximately 120 jobs to the area in addition to retaining the staff currently at the Bronx Grill.
They are asking interested applications to reach out to Community Board 11 for more info on how to apply.
Harpaul acknowledged the change could be “bittersweet” for community members who have grown to love the Bronx Grill.
However, she added, “The overall feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Also, she noted many customers in the Bronx may have seen Golden Corral commercials on TV and she expects there to be “an eagerness to try the Golden Corral menu.”
The menu offers American favorites such as pot roast, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and steamed vegetables.
In addition, the restaurant includes a selection of seafood dishes.
The dessert menu offers various cakes and pies.
The food at Golden Corral is served in a buffet style.
Currently, the closest Golden Corral is approximately 60 miles - or two hours - away in Freehold, NJ.