Six Hometown Buffets in San Diego closed abruptly Thursday after “ongoing assessments of individual restaurants,” according to a statement by the company.
Across the country 74 Old Country Buffet, Hometown Buffet, Ryan’s, Fire Mountain and Country Buffet restaurants closed permanently Thursday.
“While we cannot predict future market conditions, the plan is to continue operating the remaining Ovation Brands’ restaurants as they are financially viable,” Peter Donbavand, Vice President of Business Development said in the statement.
The statement also said employees of closed restaurants would be able to apply for positions at operating stores.
Many upset employees and customers complained on Hometown Buffet’s Facebook page saying the company had not sufficiently warned employees of the closures. They were referred by the company to their contact page.
The Santee, El Cajon, San Marcos, Oceanside and two San Diego locations were among the restaurants closed. The Chula Vista, National City and south San Diego restaurants are still open.