Murrieta Roadhouse serves up steaks and a country atmosphere in the old Golden Corral – Press Enterprise

Steaks are sizzling again in a former Golden Corral in Murrieta — but there’s no buffet.

The nearly 12,000 square foot building at the Murrieta Town Center East mall now houses a full-service restaurant called Murrieta Roadhouse.

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It fills a need in the community, according to Vern Barrett, the restaurant’s hospitality manager.

“We needed a truck stop,” he said. “Let’s give Murrieta a steakhouse he can call his own.”

While there are plenty of beef spots in town, including a Sizzler a few blocks away, Murrieta Roadhouse also has a country western feel to it, including music videos on widescreen TVs and a cash register. American Quarter Horse Association trophies in the lobby.

Burgers are on the menu at Murrieta Roadhouse. (Photo by Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Murrieta Roadhouse opened in January. It took nine months to remodel the interior from a buffet with self-serve stations to a sit-down restaurant. The work included adding partitions to hide food preparation areas, according to Barrett.

Since it was a buffet, Barrett said the property had a larger kitchen than usual.

Murrieta’s Golden Corral was highly anticipated when it opened in 2017, but the coronavirus pandemic has been tough on the buffet. The restaurant was closed by California’s first lockdown in March 2020. Most of the chain’s other locations in the Inland Empire have since reopened.

The menu at Murrieta Roadhouse includes steaks, chicken and seafood as well as burgers, sandwiches and salads, complemented by warm, soft buttery rolls.

Barrett said top-selling dinners include a Texas favorite.

“Country-fried sirloin is very popular.”

Murrieta Truck Stop

Or: 40345 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta

Hours: 11am-9pm Sunday to Thursday; 11am-10pm Friday and Saturday.

Information: 951-894-6116, murrietaroadhouse.com

Dino S. Williams