Restaurant hotel reopens with buffet format

The owners of a Grand Junction hotel have reopened a restaurant operation, but with a self-serve buffet format.

Good Pastures Buffet in the Quality Inn at 733 Horizon Drive now offers both breakfast and dinner buffets.

“You might say this is by popular demand because we’ve had a pretty constant barrage of inquiries ever since we closed,” said Richard Tally, owner of the Quality Inn and Good Pastures Buffet.

Good Pastures has been offering a breakfast buffet to the public for several months with service from 6 to 10 a.m. The breakfast buffet includes scrambled and hard-boiled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown potatoes, pancakes, waffles, toast, fresh fruit and assorted cereals. The buffet costs $7.95 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. For an additional fee, cooks can prepare omelets and eggs to order.

The dinner buffet is served from 6 to 9 p.m. and features popular entrees from the original Good Pastures menu, including hand-battered fried chicken and fresh mashed potatoes, as well as such additional entrees as beer-battered fish, chicken-friend steak and meat loaf. The buffet also includes chicken strips, hot dogs and other foods that appeal to children.

The all-you-can-eat dinner buffet costs $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors and $8 for children 12 and under.

“We brought back our great cooks who have been with us for almost 20 years turning out home style food that our customers love,” Tally said.

The Tallys closed Good Pastures in December after the tenants who had contracted to operate the restaurant abruptly closed the facility. The Quality Inn has resumed food service and hotel manager Rick Martindale oversees the revamped operation, Tally said.