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Halloween at Golden Corral East October 31, 2016

Posted by Kenny Norman in east.
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With the demise of my wonderful Golden Corral on the north side of Indy at 75th & Shadeland, I had to pick between the remaining ones on West 38th Street and East Washington Street for dinner tonight. Seeing as how I also needed to hit Aldi and Menards, I opted for the location on East Washington Street. I last went there years ago, like a decade ago, and it was disgustingly trashy, and to add insult to injury, they didn’t even have root beer. Thankfully, things have improved greatly since then. The selection and taste of the food was virtually the same as the Shadeland location. You may expect that because it’s a chain, but that’s not always the case. Oh, and they have root beer now, which I enjoy. I had roasted turkey, barbecue chicken, pot roast, shrimp, potatoes, carrots, and spinach. All of it tasted wonderful, and after three plates of that, I had peaches, oranges, and applesauce. Had I gotten fruit sooner, I could have had bananas and strawberries as well. Two of the employees who had served us faithfully for years at the Shadeland location were here at the East Washington location tonight. I’m glad they were able to successfully transfer. The manager was very nice and polite, readily and happily making change for me out of a $5 to get tip money. I also dropped said tip money on the way back to my table, and a guy a few tables behind me was nice and honest enough to pick the money up and hand it back to me. Also, a few kids accidentally bumped into me when I went back up to the buffet. (Remember- this is Halloween night and their costumes partially obscure their vision.) Surprisingly, they turned around and each of them gave me a sincere apology. I have to say, the clientele at this location is FAR nicer and more courteous than that of the Shadeland location. Had this happened there, the manager would’ve been more annoyed while giving me change, the guy would have kept my money, and the kids wouldn’t have said anything, or MAYBE their parents would have offered a token apology. Also at the Shadeland location, large parties would leave a giant mess on the table and no tip. I noticed at the East Washington Street location, the large party next to us, who didn’t leave that big a mess, got up and started to walk away before they realized they didn’t leave a tip. They all began to freak out and immediately started checking with each other to see who had change. Luckily, one lady did. It’s so refreshing to see large families actually care about compensating the wait staff for good service. This location also seemed very clean in the dining area and buffet line. My only complaint, albeit minor, was that the men’s room was wet all over, trashed out, and the toilets were broken to the point where they wouldn’t or almost wouldn’t flush. Still, I’d go here again. It’s a bummer losing my close Shadeland location I’d been hitting up since 2003, but at least I don’t have to give up on Golden Corral completely like I did with Perkins or Ryan’s! The nearest Perkins is in Noblesville and the nearest Ryan’s is in Bowling Green, Kentucky…at least Golden Corral still has a location in the city.

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Post Road Recreation Center fails to keep word October 31, 2016

Posted by Kenny Norman in east.
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I called Post Road Recreation Center tonight, October 31, to ask about the hours of their haunted escape rooms. The lady on the line said the last group goes in at 11:00, so try to get there by 10:30. I showed up at 9:50 and it’s completely dark without a car in the lot. No sign was even posted to explain their unannounced early closing, and as a result, my friends and I didn’t get a haunted house on Halloween this year. I called at 6:30 on October 31 regarding the hours of the haunted escape rooms that same night, and I didn’t get to see ANY events because the place was closed when I got there, despite what the employee said! I showed up at 9:50, which, IF the place was open until 11:00 like the employee TOLD me three hours earlier, should have been enough time. Now I don’t get a haunted anything for Halloween. I could have just gone to Necropolis, which was open until 11:00 for real. Further, I checked the website before Ieft, and it said, in bold letters top and center, “Open until 11pm on Halloween!” Then, when I got home and checked the website after driving all the way out there, only then did it say in smaller letters in the top left corner, “Halloween 5-9 pm”.