Saturday, June 23, 2007

Ponderosa to close

Apparently employees at the Grand Forks Ponderosa, located on South Washington Street in front of the Grand Cities Mall, have been told that the restaurant will be closing its doors for good in the next few days.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm this doesn't surprise me. I went there last month for the first time in a few years and remembered why it had been that long since I'd been there

Anonymous said...

two weeks ago I said "honey we should try Bonanza again...maybe it doesnt suck anymore" she said "Are you #$*^@ crazy?"

Coffee Guy said...

Even after that glowing review from our own dining expert, Marilyn Hagerty (MH), a few months back? Impossible!

Anonymous said...

The Ponderosa in Fargo just closed as well. Maybe the chain is closing up some of the restaurants?

Anonymous said...

It's no wonder. They have to have the worst buffet--it doesn't even feel sanitary.

Anonymous said...

MH should learn how to write people's first names.

Rick said...

Ponderosa is one of, if not the, worst buffets in town. I wonder what might go into that location???

Elucidarian said...

"I wonder what might go into that location???"

More parking?

Anonymous said...

Starbucks already bought the building.

dale said...

Nope, auto parts store / cell phone shop. Can't ever seem to have enough of those (apparently.)

I'll miss the quasi-meat balls and awesome chicken wings on the line. Didn't like much else, but those two items were great.

Anonymous said...

a combination starbucks/cellphone humungo kiosk....with autoparts in the back...

or Shangri La can re-open with a more Western feel?


a lot of empty buildings around town folks...

Anonymous said...

Pondorosa rules the employees rule and its a fun place to eat people suck. and good luck going to eat at a buffet in town for 6.00, hell good luck going to arbys for 6.00

Anonymous said...

WOOHOO finally that place is going AWAY! Just the other day I was walking by it and was wondering when they were going to finally close. They have NEVER been a very clean place. Only cleaned it when the inspector came around. GOOD RIDDANCE!

Anonymous said...

ponderosa was the best reatrsunt ever. i can't believe it's closing. how sad. the service and the food was always great. i wonder what will go there now

Anonymous said...

Isn't the old Jeanie's restaurant going to be the auto parts store? i thought that is what i heard on good old dependable Mac talk radio!

Anonymous said...

anon - pretty sure that was sarcasm when they said an auto parts store. Ponderosa was mediocre at best. I think with the new slew of competition with Golden Corral and Texas Roadhouse, they just kind of weren't on anybody's radar. The location isn't that great, and the place was more than a little outdated and kind of nasty feeling in the buffet line.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Winnipeg and ours closed up about 10 years ago. We usually tried it when ever we were in Grand Forks for a quick lunch. My kids loved the buffet.

Marjorie Morris said...

Ten years to the day from when this news broke, something caused the Sonic under construction to blow down at this very location.