CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The St. Andrews Boulevard Ryan's location in West Ashley closed Thursday, one of 74 locations that suddenly ceased operations across the U.S.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Ovation brands Vice President of Business Development Peter Donbavand cited ongoing assessments of individual restaurants versus the "continued viability of the company" in making the decision:
"Seventy-four underperforming Old Country Buffet, Hometown Buffet, Ryan's, Fire Mountain and Country Buffet restaurants throughout the United States will permanently close on Feb. 4, 2016.
While we cannot predict future market conditions, the plan is to continue operating the remaining Ovation Brands' restaurants as they are financially viable.
Although the overall number of employees affected by closures is large, employees of closed restaurants will be given the opportunity to apply for positions at operating stores, and we expect many to take advantage of that opportunity. Additionally, we will be adding staff to the operating restaurants, enabling us to provide the service levels our guests expect and deserve.
We know that these decisions are not easy, however, we strongly believe that this direction is best for the long-term health of all brands."
The Summerville Ryan's location on North Main Street and the Orangeburg location on North Road remain open.
Ovation Brands, which owns Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Fire Mountain, Old Country Buffet and Tahoe Joe's, and Ryan's, was purchased by Food Management Partners in August 2015.