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Ryan's Grill, Buffet & Bakery, 10052 Two Notch Road: 4 February 2016   8 comments

Posted at 11:18 pm in closing

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There was a time, when I was living in Fayetteville, that I went to Ryans's serveral times a week for lunch. They had a good salad bar with the unusual topping option of roasted peanuts instead of sunflower seeds. They also had hoops of cheddar on the salad bar, and with those and the hot yeast rolls, you could make a decent impromptu semi-melted cheese sandwich to go with the salad.

As it happened, my work colleagues and I eventually discovered that the nearby pool-hall (go figure..) actually had a better lunch buffet and we kind of fell out of going to Ryan's, but I had generally good memories of the place until I had the occasion to drop by the Georgetown location a few years ago and be generally unimpressed, a condition which continued through my one visit to this Two Notch Road location in the Wal-Mart outparcel. I get the feeling from the company's recent travails that perhaps I was not alone in my unimpressed state, and the chain recently announced the closure of 74 restaurants of which this was apparently one:

The statement announced that 74 restaurants that it declared "underperforming" would close immediately.

Those included Old Country Buffet, Hometown Buffet, Ryan’s, Fire Mountain and Country Buffet restaurants, according to the release.

"Ovation Brands was acquired by Food Management Partners in August 2015," it stated. "Since that time, we have continued to execute former management’s operating plan to stabilize and enhance the performance of the company. However, based on ongoing assessments of individual restaurants, it is necessary to shutter locations for the continued viability of the brands and our employees."

(Hat tips to commenters James R & Sidney)

UPDATE 29 October 2018 -- Now open as Magnolia Buffet:

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Written by ted on February 16th, 2016

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8 Responses to 'Ryan's Grill, Buffet & Bakery, 10052 Two Notch Road: 4 February 2016'

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  1. The only Ryan's left is on Bower Park Way (near Harbison Blvd)

    Mike Mann

    17 Feb 16 at 5:46 am

  2. I miss all the great mid-priced steak houses that were very simple operations with about 20 items on a menu board (I would like no. 6 with the salad bar) that were located all over the area.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    17 Feb 16 at 10:36 am

  3. Ryans in Lexington is Shut also

    Kc

    17 Feb 16 at 2:44 pm

  4. I used to love Ryans. The food was excellent at one time. In the past few years prices went up up up and quality went down down down! Sad to see this icon go but they did nothing to keep their customer base.

    Sonya Lewis

    18 Feb 16 at 7:25 pm

  5. I've noticed signage indicating this spot has been leased (stay tuned)

    Andrew

    7 Mar 17 at 6:43 pm

  6. Today's The State had a snip-it indicating that Jennifer Wong (who owns the following similar buffets in Columbia as noted below:

    - Jasmine Buffet (7461 Two Notch Road)
    - Eastern Buffet (955 E Main Street (Lexington) & 5424 Forest Drive)
    - Happy China Buffet (2550 Sunset Blvd.)

    is planning to open a restaurant called Magnolia in this space.

    Andrew

    12 Apr 17 at 9:58 pm

  7. I think the Jasmine Buffet has had health inspection problems. I usually don't do buffets because I don't eat enough for it to be worth it. I used to only go with co-workers when I worked in Blythewood.

    Sidney

    13 Apr 17 at 11:28 am

  8. Magnolia signage has finally been installed on this building...

    Andrew

    2 Jun 18 at 2:53 pm

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