Fast-Casual Concept, Homeward Kitchen Makes its Debut

Fast-Casual Concept, Homeward Kitchen Makes its Debut

First location opens in Southern Pines under leadership of new VP of Operations, Jason Kornosky

Fast-Casual Concept, Homeward Kitchen Makes its DebutHomeward Kitchen is now open for business! Earlier this week, the new fast-casual concept from Golden Corral made its debut in Southern Pines, North Carolina. During the celebration, The Moore County Chamber of Commerce marked the occasion with an official ribbon cutting, during which the group announced they would be supporting Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care throughout the month of December by donating a portion of proceeds from sales to the local non-profit.

Jason Kornosky has taken the helm as VP of Operations for the new fast-casual concept. In this role, Kornosky has played a major part in the brand’s grand opening and will continue to lead efforts related to Homeward Kitchen’s impending expansion, while developing and implementing operational standards. A key component of these endeavors includes guiding the operations team as they push for ongoing growth and enhance guest experiences.

Fast-Casual Concept, Homeward Kitchen Makes its Debut
Jason Kornosky

“I am honored to be part of such an amazing culture and have the opportunity not only to serve the Homeward Kitchen brand but also work with such a storied company, continuing to add to the legacy and success of Golden Corral,” Kornosky said.

Homeward Kitchen features a small dining room with dine-in, take-out, and drive-thru ordering options for convenient and fast service. This is the first of many locations to come for the team.

“We are thrilled to be serving the incredible people of Southern Pines and we couldn’t have asked for a better welcome. While the doors to our first restaurant have just opened, we already have our sights set on potential additional locations and look forward to becoming an integral part of even more communities soon,” Kornosky said.

Homeward Kitchen’s menu features homestyle favorites such as Slow-Cooked Pot Roast, Fried Shrimp, Homestyle Mac and Cheese, Green Beans, and Banana Pudding. Guests will also find new temptations like the Cajun Mac & Cheese Bowl, Meatloaf Sandwich or a Fried Chicken Sandwich served in Classic, Nashville Hot, and Honey Dipped varieties.

Fast-Casual Concept, Homeward Kitchen Makes its Debut

Homeward Kitchen is the first fast-casual concept introduced by Golden Corral. The restaurant’s menu features many wholesome, homestyle favorites, alongside a variety of fresh, delicious sandwiches, salads, and bowls – all available with easy, convenient counter or drive-thru window ordering and service. Guests will enjoy Homeward Kitchen’s signature menu offerings, including the Cajun Mac & Cheese Bowl, and a Fried Chicken Sandwich served in Classic, Nashville Hot, and Honey Dipped varieties. Homeward Kitchen also provides multiple options for larger groups, with family meals featuring a choice of main courses, larger side portions and an array of indulgent desserts. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1973 and based in Raleigh, N.C., Golden Corral is the nation’s largest grill-buffet restaurant chain. Golden Corral strives to make pleasurable dining affordable for all families. While its commitment begins each day with preparing delicious food, Golden Corral also believes in providing outstanding hospitality and giving back. Service to others is a hallmark of the Golden Corral brand. In 2023, Golden Corral was recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 “Most Loved Brands” by Yelp. They were also recognized for valuing their customers and providing excellent customer service by Newsweek, “America’s Best Customer Service 2024.” Golden Corral restaurants nationwide have long been strong supporters of the U.S. Military and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Golden Corral is also the Founding Partner of Camp Corral, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, which provides free, one-of-a-kind summer camp experiences for children of wounded, injured, ill, or fallen service members. For more information, visit and follow Golden Corral on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.