HomeTown Buffet Just Filed For Bankruptcy


HomeTown Buffet’s parent company, Ovation Brands Inc, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday morning. Reuters reports that this will be the second filing made by Ovation in the last four years, one made in 2008 and another in 2012.

Originally known as Buffets Inc, the company had a slew of buffet chains under its belt. This included Old Country Buffet, Fire Mountain, Tahoe Joe’s, Ryan’s and HomeTown Buffet.

The company currently operates about 328 restaurants in the US.

According to the documents filed in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, up to $50 million in assets and $100 million in liabilities was listed by the chains.

If you’re looking to hit one of these restaurants up for nostalgia’s sake, better hurry.

Photo: HomeTown Buffet


How Salmonella Poisoning Just Cost This Restaurant $11 Million


A federal judge is ordering a restaurant to pay $11.4 million to a man who got food poisoning while dining at the establishment. In 2010, a Nebraska man contracted salmonella from eating at an Old Country Buffet during a dinner with his wife.

KGAB reports that U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl awarded the couple the damages after writing of the husband’s numerous surgeries and procedures after dining at the buffet in Casper, NE.

Skavdahl states that Christopher Gage is in daily pain and cannot eat or drink water without throwing up. The majority of his meals end in him vomiting. Gage has also lost his mobility and his cognitive functioning has been significantly impacted.

Damages to Gage include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, dehydration, acute kidney failure, sepsis, acute lactic acidosis, anemia, thromocytophenia and partial fibrillation.

A day after Gage got sick, the Laramie County Health Department cited the restaurant for numerous health code violations.

Old Country Buffet is operated by Ovation Brands who could not be reached for comments.