I don’t always eat KFC, but when I do, I get a 16-piece bucket to go. Cuz nobody wants to watch the fat man eat an entire bucket of chicken in the food court. But if I lived in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, I wouldn’t worry about public shaming—cuz over there, KFC’s got an all-you-can-eat buffet, bro!
OK, let’s break it down. You’ve got some French fries, gravy, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, nachos, cheese sauce, creamed corn and what I’m guessing might be apples and cherries for dessert? Dude, that’s pretty much all of my favourite things in one place…all that’s missing is a fountain of Old Style Pilsner!
Now, this culinary temple is rated 4 stars and ranked #8 out of 30 restaurants in Weyburn on TripAdvisor, and I can’t say I’m surprised. Head manager Larie Semen says people even drive from four hours away just for the buffet. And hey, if it wasn’t a 24-hour drive for me, I’d be there too, with flip-flops on!
But here’s the thing. Some seersucker-suit-wearing fatcats at Yum Brands want to put the buffet outta business. This prairie tradition is under threat because they think the building needs a facelift. C’mon man, even the Premier of Saskatchewan eats there!
And while this funky joint was certified finger-lickin’ good by Saskatchewan’s health minister, some KFC corporate bigwig told Regina’s national newspaper that “While we cannot guarantee that the Weyburn buffet will remain open forever, we can guarantee that it will be open for now.” To which I say, while we cannot guarantee that Leonard Free, director, operations and restaurant excellence for KFC Canada, will keep his job forever…you could say he might keep his job for now.
Now, I don’t normally sign petitions, unless they’re to change the name of Cracker Barrel or to prevent Nickelback from playing at halftime, but not only would I sign a petition to keep the KFC buffet in Weyburn open, but I would share it on all my social networks! Leonard Free, eat your heart out: