I had provided the GOLDENCORRAL.COM website pictured above as a convenience for our valuable Golden Corral Guests at 3710 West Dublin-Granville Road Columbus, Ohio. After serving 17 years as the Operating Partner at this location, I retired on March 23, 2011. Golden Corral has always been good to me and I hope I have done a good job for them.
After retiring, instead of cancelling Goldencorralcolumbus.com, I have decided to incorporate it into my other website Istanbullite.com which has been in publication since 2002.
But this time, instead of sections like Menus, Prices and Store hours, Catering, Specials and Nutritional Information, we will have some nostalgic information and pictures about our 17 years with Golden Corral Family : Our Guests, Co workers and Managers.
Jim Ozmeral 01/20/2012 Dublin, Ohio
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CO-WORKERS AND FACILITIES 2011
We foster the betterment of our people by promoting education,strong work ethics,and investments in themselves.
GOLDEN CORRAL DUBLIN CSQ* SCORE 95%, NOVEMBER 2010
* CSQ is an internal audit measuring cleanliness, service and quality of food compared to standards set by the Corporate. The unannounced audit is done by independent inspectors of Golden Corral's Quality Assurance Department every for weeks.It is like"the sword of Damocles" hanging on top of the Manager's head.
GOLDEN CORRAL YEARS.CLICK FOR PICTURES
We strive to always provide value that is unequaled.
Our Restaurant has won following awards 2 "TOP TEN" awards, 4 Years in row "FAB FIVE" Grand Prize, 5 "SUPER ACHIEVER" awards, 6 "NOTCH IN THE GUN" awards, also we were an accident free location for a RECORD three years in row.
We thank our guests, co-workers and managers for their contribution to our success.
GOVERNOR BOB TAFT'S RESOLUTION FOR MILITARY APPRECIATION MONDAY
HALL OF FAME AT THE RESTAURANT'S EXIT
A NOTCH IN THE GUN
We test ourselves by assuring by we are proud of the total product we offer to our guests.
EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE AT THE MOUNTAIN
WHEN THE COMPETITOR ACROSS THE STREET CLOSED DOWN FOR GOOD, SENIOR MANAGEMENT TOOK EVERY EMPLOYEE AND MEMBER OF MANAGEMENT TEAM TO A DINNER AT LA SCALA RESTAURANT. THIS WAS THE FIRST RESTAURANT OF THE NEW CONCEPT OF OUR MAIN COMPETITOR CLOSING THEIR DOORS AFTER TWO REMODELLING JOBS AND SPENDING CLOSE TO MILLION DOLLARS. AFTER THEIR SECOND REMODELING AND BEFORE THEIR GRAND OPENING ALL OF THEIR EMPLOYEES WERE CHANTING ; WE WILL CLOSE GOLDEN CORRAL, WE WILL CLOSE GOLDEN CORRAL..............
IT WAS A NIGHT OF SWEET REVENGE. THIS RESTAURANT IS THE NEW ASIAN SUPERMARKET NOW!!!
CLICK ON PICTURE TO SEE CELEBRATION DINNER IN HONOR OF CLOSING OF COMPETITOR
MILITARY APPRECIATION MONDAYS
We treat our customers as we would guests in our own homes.
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GOLDEN CORRAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2016 from 5-9 PM
Golden Corral's 16th Annual Military Appreciation Monday "thank you" dinner will be held on Monday, November 14. The free dinner meal, offered from 5 to 9 pm, is a special "thank you tribute" to any person who has ever served in the United States Military.
We build our business on service to others.
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THE LOYAL SATURDAY GUESTS
This group of retirees were members of the Turkish- American Association of Central Ohio. Most of them were doctors and engineers who had served in Central Ohio for several years. They had chosen Golden Corral as their meeting place in 1995 and religiously came and met in the 200 s part of the restaurant every Saturday at noon. Some weeks they had more friends joining them, some weeks less. But they never missed a Saturday for fifteen years while I was there.
As a token of appreciation I had framed and put this picture up on a wall in a corner near their table years ago; after all they were probably the longest lasting and most loyal guests of Golden Corral on Dublin-Granville Road.One of the eleven commandments in exceeding the guests expectations in the Golden Corral Book said: Do something to make them smile. This gesture meant a lot for them and made them all smile and they always proudly showed the picture on the wall to new comers to their group.
Four of the gentlemen in the picture have since deceased, two moved away, my father in law who is 88 still goes to the restaurant if that Saturday he can find a companion for himself from the community.
NOSTALGIC MANAGEMENT TEAM
We value the diversity of our employees, franchisees,guests and suppliers by demonstrating respect for the individual and providing meaningfful work opportunities.
EVERY SINGLE ACHIEVMENT AND AWARD WAS THE RESULT OF HARDWORK, PROFESSIONALISM, AND LOYALTY OF OUR THREE MANAGERS MICKI, TRAVIS AND LORI AND OUR DEDICATED CO WORKERS.
JIM OZMERAL, OPERATING PARTNER, WORKED 17 YEARS
TRAVIS MILLER, CERTIFIED KITCHEN MANAGER,WORKED 13 YEARS
MICKI SHAMBLIN, HOSPITALITY MANAGER 14 YEARS
IN LOVING MEMORY OF LORI YOHO ASSISTANT KITCHEN MANAGER WORKED 12 YEARS
WITH TRAVIS AND MICKI OPERATING PARTNERS CONVENTION CHICAGO 2007
IN MEMORY OF LORI; MY ASSISTANT, MY FRIEND
With Lori at her wedding
I worked with Lori Yoho for twelve years at the Golden Corral Dublin- Granville location. For those of you who did not know her as close as I did, I would like to tell you about her qualities as a manager and as a person. I was the General Manager at Golden Corral and she was my Certified Assistant Manager. Over the years she became my right hand person, someone I relied on and who I always counted on.
At Golden Corral she was always a hard working manager. She was a task person who would take a project on from the start and bring it to completion with ease and with little or no supervision. Often times she would use self initiative and common sense to start such projects by herself. She had excellent organizational skills and was always the first person I would go-to to prepare the restaurant for an upcoming inspection whether by: the Health Department, SteriTech, CSQ or by the Home Office. She was a night person who loved to close the restaurant down in the evening, always on time and following our standards 100%.
What made Lori special was not necessarily her qualities as a Manager but rather her qualities as person. She was a family person, a proud mother of her only son John and grandmother to her beautiful granddaughter. She was someone who truly cared about people. Any accident we had in the restaurant, whether involving co-workers or guests, she was always the first one to rush to the scene and call the ambulance, perform the first aid or contact the family members. If any of our co-workers had a conflict with each other or with one of the managers, she was always the first person to step in and intermediate the situation. If one or our co- workers was in need due to an injury or death in the family, she was the first person to start collecting money. One story that reminds me of her kind heart is a few years ago when she brought in her friend who was terminally ill to live with her. Lori’s friend had no relatives and only had a few months to live. Lori not only took care of him at her house for a year until his death, but also took care all of his hospital appointments and managing his insurance and doctor bills.
Before important business days at Golden Corral like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Thanksgiving, Lori would take the initiative to start a to-do list of all the tasks that needed to be done before the big day. During Christmas time, she was the first to put the Christmas tree up, start hanging the decorations around the restaurant and start planning and organizing the holiday party. Many times supervisors didn’t give enough credit to assistants like Lori, but I always appreciated her dedication and loyalty. Lori was truly a hidden treasure of an assistant manager, an unrecognized hero who contributed so much to the restaurant’s success.
A few weeks before I retired from Golden Corral, Lori left Golden Corral on a leave of absence due to a chronic shoulder problem. About six months ago, my wife and I had the pleasure of going to Lori and Chris’s wedding. She married Chris Meyer, a nice young man whom she had started dating a year before she had left Golden Corral. I was so happy to see her happy. After many years struggling as a single mom, she finally was getting what she deserved: a loving husband, a nice house in the country and many good years to come.
We all know that one day we will pass away; but we don’t know when. It always hurts more when it happens to someone you feel so close too and so unexpectedly. It hurts even more when the life is cut short and too soon.
One thing I will never forget about Lori was that she would always come up with souvenirs or gifts to give you when you were in-need or having a bad day. Whether it was a piece of candy, a keychain, or something for your headache, she was always there trying to make your day better. I remember when I was going to the hospital for a major surgery, she had given me a little angel to give me strength and courage to get through my operation. It gives me strength today knowing that she is with the angels now.
I will always miss you Lori.
A LITTLE ABOUT RESTAURANT'S HISTORY
We promote good health,high personal integrity,the free enterprise system,and private ownership.
Golden Corral on West Dublin-Granville by Sawmill opened ıt’s doors to guests on November 28, 1995. It’s location was said to be at the second most congested intersection in the U.S. with 52 restaurants within a two mile radius. The Golden Corral franchisee Corral Northeast’s sales fell well below expectations at the opening and was steadily declining when our Management team took over within a year.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH ARTICLE
During the first years of ownership the restaurant changed hands several times: Corral North East Corral, North West, Corral America, S.S.Corporation before the Golden Corral Corporation took over in 1998 and Jim Ozmeral became Operating Partner. During the next 11 years sales increased eleven years in row and so did profits.
Mother’s Day was always the biggest day. Our Mother’s day record was 3200 guests. There was no other restaurant in Columbus who could beat us in number of guests we served on Mother’s Day. Here is a newspaper clip from Dispatch showing restaurant sales on Mother’s Day in 2002. Our main competitor was blaming rain for declining sales compared to 2001. While we did not report our numbers to the paper or records indicated that with a total guest count of 2965 guests we had not only increased our sales but we were the busiest restaurant in Columbus period.
PICS FROM TOP TENS AND OPERATING PARTNER'S CONVENTIONS
A GOLDEN CORRAL CELEBRATION
We are honest in all we do.
A CAREER COMES TO AN END
We remember to give thanks to God for the opportunities given to us.
From the resignation letter:
................." I have an eighteen month old granddaughter and another one on the way, with whom I like to spend more time with and enjoy more of the sunshine.
I am in my seventeenth year with Golden Corral and sixteenth year at the Dublin location. In my earlier years fresh out of College, I served in Turkey in the Military, the compulsory draft. The next two years I toured Anatolia, the mainland of Turkey, and worked as a young bank auditor. I realized the job was not for me and decided to come to the United States, for graduate studies at Penn State. After completing my degree I worked briefly in the Insurance industry and switched to restaurant business later on. I spent sixteen years with one company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana: as Manager, District Manager, Vice President and finally as a Franchisee. Now looking back at my career, I wish I knew Golden Corral in 1978 and had not spent sixteen years for another company.
Golden Corral was where I started a new beginning in 1994. I was forty six years of age with my own store and full control of my destiny, which I of course liked. I took over the restaurant which was loosing $400,000 a year with only $28,000 sales a week. Although, the Dublin Store never became the super star, we were able to more than double the sales and the store became profitable in only a few years. And during these sixteen years with my stable management team, we have trained more than one hundred fifty Managers for Golden Corral. This was one of my biggest satisfactions, I enjoyed every minute of it.
Now the time has come. As of today, I would like to give my eleven weeks notice to resign from my job to retire at the end of period three on March 23, 2011"................
Last night we had a great night at Ruth's Chris Steak House at my retirement dinner in Indianapolis. I like to thank our Vice President David Webb, our District Manager Jerome Kelley for organizing this event and all of my friends; General Managers of District 21 of the Golden Corral Family, who have attended this dinner. Thank you for the clock and for all of the other beautiful gifts and cards. I like to also thank Mr. Ted Fowler and Mr. Lance Trennary for their personal and phone calls and cards.
I will miss all of you and I will miss Golden Corral.