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Long-awaited Golden Corral might open in September

BATAVIA – The Golden Corral restaurant at the corner of Main Street and Randall Road might be close to opening.

Golden Corral franchise owner Sam Gibson on Wednesday said he plans by the end of September to open a Golden Corral restaurant at the Batavia location. The building, which had been tied up in foreclosure, has been unoccupied since completion of construction in October 2008.

“I am very excited,” Gibson said. “As soon as we close on the property, we will be over there working.”

Gibson said he hopes to close on the property by Monday, and then it will take another 60 days to equip the restaurant and hire employees.

“Golden Corral is really helping us to get this done as quickly as possible,” Gibson said.

Gibson owns another Golden Corral in Schererville, Ind. He also thanked Batavia city officials for their support.

This would be the first Golden Corral restaurant in the Tri-Cities area. The closest Golden Corral restaurants are in Aurora, Algonquin and Elgin.

Golden Corral is not the only chain restaurant that plans to open along Randall Road in Batavia in the coming months. Chick-fil-A plans to build a 4,869-square-foot restaurant with a two-lane drive-thru at the corner of McKee Street and Randall Road in front of the former Wickes furniture store.

The chain recently bought the property, city officials said.

The number of Batavia eateries expanded when Pal Joey’s opened this month in the former Fox’s on the River building on North River Street.  

This is the restaurant’s second location. Pal Joey’s has been a staple in West Chicago for almost 40 years. The restaurant sells pizza, sandwiches, pasta, seafood and other items.

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