Yet the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Canandaigua, New York, is now a parking lot for a Starbucks. There were, at one point, 305 Ponderosas (and sister buffet Bonanzas) in the US , and today there are 75 locations total — including 19 in Puerto Rico and a handful scattered in Egypt, Qatar, Taiwan, and the UAE.
The chain’s parent company, Metromedia Steakhouses Company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008, although it planned to reorganize around franchise operations and a profitable core of company-operated restaurants . It emerged from bankruptcy in 2009 under the name “Homestyle Dining LLC”.
Some of the last Bonanza Steakhouses are located in hidden corners of the Midwest and East Coast, including locations in Presque Isle, Maine, New Columbia, Pennsylvania, Lebanon, Virginia, and St. Cloud, Minnesota. There are also a few of them in Puerto Rico.
Ponderosa Ranch was the fictional home of the Cartwright family from 1959 to 1973. On September 27, 2004, Sacramento, California’s Channel 10 News reported that the Ponderosa Ranch gate closed permanently after real estate developer David Duffield bought the land.
The Ponderosa was the fictional setting for Bonanza. According to the 9th episode (“Mr. Henry Comstock”) in the first season, it was a thousand-square mile (640,000 acre or 2,600 km2) ranch on the shores of Lake Tahoe, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada, with a large ranch house in the center of it.
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If you want to get a beer with your steak, you will soon be able to, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Mt. Pleasant. The restaurant will soon be serving alcohol . The restaurant purchased the liquor license from Pizza Hut, according to Mt.
That one. Ponderosa . The restaurants, which were owned by Bonanza star Dan Blocker, who played Eric “Hoss” Cartwright, were initially called — believe it or not — Bonanza . After he sold the chain, the name changed to Ponderosa , and, like a wagon train, the restaurant just kept on going forward.
And while “Bonanza” was fictional, the ranch was not. The real Ponderosa Ranch, a sprawling 24-acre property in Nevada, looks a little different today . And it just sold for $38 million.
Is Sizzler going out of business ? In September 2020, Sizzler USA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt and lease terms. The announcement only impacts the company -owned restaurants and not the more than 90 franchise locations. No restaurant closing were announced.
The way buffets typically work is each person pays the same fixed price for access to a line of self-serve dishes. You grab a plate, fill it with food, eat , and repeat. As many times as you want. The most obvious money saver for a buffet restaurant is there’s less need for servers.
Happy Steak was down to one location by the mid 90’s, (The location at Blackstone and Clinton in Fresno) and that finally closed around 2004. There was an article in the Fresno Bee about the chain’s demise at the time of the last location’s closure.
Since buffets don’t need to employ as many workers on the floor, these restaurants have long been economical operations. In Texas , however, buffets are allowed to reopen if the food is served by employees. Download the TODAY app for the latest coverage on the coronavirus outbreak.