A dining experience beloved by generations of hungry Americans is in danger of being spoiled by the coronavirus pandemic.
Buffets – from the humblest hotel breakfasts to the grandest casino banquets – are struggling to stay afloat as new health restrictions come into place and wary diners eschew the self-serve dining tradition.
As many buffets go out of business across the US, others are innovating and trying desperately to keep the business model relevant and appetising.
What is the problem?
Susan Yin, the owner of Jack’s Fresh in downtown Washington DC, tells BBC News that her average sales have dropped nearly 90% after they re-opened two months ago following a two month closure.
Jack’s Fresh, which specialises in Asian food and American sandwiches, is currently making around $500 (£398) per day, down from an