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VitaNova Brands Shutters Four Buffet-Style Locations

San Antonio-based VitaNova Brands (VNB) has shuttered four buffet-style restaurants operating under three different brands. All four—two Hometown Buffet locations in California, a Ryan’s in West Virginia and an Old Country Buffet in Illinois—had been temporarily closed since the outbreak of the pandemic in March.

Company president Jason Kemp cited declining sales at these locations as well as the inability to obtain favorable lease terms. “We needed to make the tough call to redirect our resources to other locations in order to continue to operate our restaurants under our new concept of AYCE (all-you-can-eat) and Marketplace.”

He added, “We will do everything in our power to relocate employees and assist others impacted with access to available local resources.”

VNB rebranded from its former name, Food Management Partners, over the summer. It has converted some of its buffet restaurants to the new AYCE and Marketplace format.

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