Buffets, Inc. Employee Awarded Educational Foundation's 800,000th ServSafe Certificate

Jan 29, 1998, 00:00 ET from Buffets, Inc.

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Buffets, Inc. (Nasdaq:   BOCB)
 announced that John Byrne, a Buffets, Inc. General Manager in training, was
 recently awarded the 800,000th ServSafe(R) certificate for food safety
 training by The Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.
 Acknowledging the milestone on behalf of Buffets, Inc., Executive Vice
 President of Operations David Goronkin stated "Buffets, Inc. has been at the
 forefront of food safety training for a number of years, both via our college
 in Minneapolis as well as nationwide through our extensive field training
 network.  The ServSafe(R) program has been an important part of that effort.
 Our national renown for wholesome quality food and high value are indicators
 of the success of our guest service initiatives, including our focus on food
 safety."  Buffets, Inc. recently received the special distinction of having
 all managers of its 364 Old Country Buffet(R), HomeTown Buffet(R), Roadhouse
 Grill(SM) and PizzaPlay(SM) restaurants certified through the ServSafe(R)
 program.  This qualifies Buffets, Inc. for participation in the International
 Food Safety Council, a coalition of foodservice operators, manufacturers,
 suppliers and associations committed to addressing food safety through

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