New owners, buffet, jobs at Golden Corral
A year after being shuttered, Golden Corral Buffet & Grill re-opened its 8928 U.S. 19 restaurant this month under new ownership. A ribbon cutting is planned for 10 a.m. Friday. Guests will notice some changes, including six "stations" offering Italian, Asian, Mexican and American food. In addition to the buffet, the restaurant also features pan-seared seafood and grilled-to-order sirloin steak on the dinner buffet. There is also a bakery, salad bar and dessert bar, as well as weekend breakfast buffet Friday through Sunday. Golden Corral brings more than 125 new jobs, which includes a mix of full-time and part-time employees. The restaurant's new management team is led by James Sawyer, who for the past six years has managed the Brooksville Golden Corral. The Raleigh, N.C.-based chain had closed the restaurant last October after a dispute with a franchisee. Health inspection records during that time showed a pattern of rodent problems. The corporation renovated the restaurant and is reopening it as a corporate store.
University to host open house today
Saint Leo University will host an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight for the community to tour the new Donald R. Tapia School of Business building. The university is at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75, and the new building is immediately visible upon entering the campus. The 48,000-square foot facility includes an executive lecture hall, a broadcast studio, classrooms equipped with wide-screen interactive teaching displays, two computer laboratories, informal work areas, and faculty and staff offices. The building permits high-speed, real-time interaction with Saint Leo's many teaching locations elsewhere. For information visit www.saintleo.edu.
Lawmakers seek redistricting views
State Rep. John Legg will talk to the Hudson Rotary Club at noon Thursday about redistricting, state issues and community needs. Legg, R-Port Richey, co-chair of the state's Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee, has been traveling around the state with other legislators to seek citizens' input on redistricting. Hudson Rotary meets at the CARES Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. For information contact Legg's office at (727) 869-8600.
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The Neighborhood Community Foundation has planned a foreclosure prevention workshop for 7-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Quality Inn, 5316 U.S. 19. Due to incorrect information provided to the Times, an item in Saturday's Business Digest gave the wrong date.