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Alex Lopez, Kitchen Manager, Watertown Old Country Buffet
Alex Lopez’s extensive background in the restaurant industry and strong work ethic helped him be promoted from dishwasher through the ranks to Kitchen Manager at Old Country Buffet, one of the nation’s largest steak buffet chains that is owned and operated by Buffets, Inc.
“My biggest life achievement is becoming a manager here at Old Country Buffet. I have a limited education, but with lots of hard work, I achieved what I have now,” boasts Lopez.
He takes pride in the many responsibilities his job requires and loves being able to make guests happy through great customer service and even better food. His current daily responsibilities include placing food orders, overseeing kitchen tasks, and taking care of restaurant inventory.
Alex has two children and is happily married. When not managing the Old Country Buffet kitchen, Alex can be found volunteering at his son’s school.
“One of my greatest joys is being able to share my love of soccer with my son. It reminds me of being a young boy growing up in El Salvador,” said Lopez.
To learn more about other rising Hispanic Foodservice superstars in the Buffets, Inc. system, visit news.buffet.com.
Buffets, Inc., one of the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant companies, currently operates 343 restaurants in 35 states, comprised of 333 steak-buffet restaurants and 10 Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse restaurants. The restaurants are principally operated under the Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet and Ryan’s brands. Buffets employs approximately 18,000 team members and serves approximately 100 million customers annually. For more information, visit www.Buffet.com.