There have been many changes to our way of life and I'm starting to miss the way things used to be.

Yes, I'm happy that there's at least a plan for restaurants as they slowly progress from outdoor dining to eventually a socially distanced indoor capacity. However, not all restaurants are going to profit from this and it could even mean the end of all self-serve eateries.

I have a terrible feeling that the classic buffet as we know it will be non-existent by the end of this pandemic.

To some people, buffets or self-serving stations might not be their forte, but I for one enjoy a good all-you-can-eat "help-yourself" layout. Whether it's a Chinese food buffet or something along the lines of an Old Country Buffet or even Ponderosa (if any of those still exist), it's the thrill of walking in, getting seated, then diving in with no wait time that really entices me.

Look, I get it, there's a lot of sharing of tongs and serving spoons, but I've been eating at buffets most my life and never once had a bad experience. Yes, it's a different world we live in now with a highly contagious virus that spreads easily and quickly, making buffets virtually impossible to open. I'm just upset that one of my favorite pastimes will most likely not survive the final outcome of COVID-19.

Again, there are no facts here, just opinion.

What I'd like to know is this: if buffet-style restaurants do get the green light, would you eat there? I'm curious to see what your vote is.

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