Canadian city rallies to stop KFC buffet from closing

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WEYBURN, Sask. – Don’t take away their KFC buffet.

Just… don’t.

The all-you-can-eat buffet at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, was in danger of going away. It’s one of the last remaining such buffets in the country, reports CTV News.

Over the last few years, the selection has dwindled to include only menu staples along with some selections from its sister restaurant Taco Bell. Customers have noticed—and they weren’t happy to hear the location planned to ditch the buffet.

The community rallied together, taking to social media with #SaveWeyburnKFCBuffet to get their message out. The saga has gotten coverage in the city’s local newspaper and radio station.

Even Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall weighed in on the matter, tweeting his disappointment and urging KFC’s parent company to reconsider.

The store’s manager said some people drive three or four hours just to eat at the buffet. A petition three years ago saved the restaurant from losing the buffet after KFC planned to close it.

There’s only one other such buffet in Canada; the U.S. still has about 500 locations with KFC buffets, Weyburn’s manager said.

The outcry worked—at least for now. KFC said the Weyburn buffet will remain open, although KFC won’t “guarantee that the Weyburn buffet will remain open forever,” a KFC spokesman said.