The one thing Amarillo is lacking is a really good family buffet.  Yes, there are one or two in town, but we need a really good one like the early days of Furr's.

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That's why we were super excited to hear that Amarillo would be getting a new family buffet in the old Furr's building on Soncy.  It seemed like a pipe dream, but it really is happening.  We first told you about the Route 66 Family Buffet back in June 2022.

It's been almost a year since we found out about the Route 66 Family Buffet moving into the Furr's building. The Route 66 Family Buffet team has been working hard to get the building ready to serve up great homemade food while creating a place that those in Amarillo and those traveling through Amarillo will love.  Even plagued with construction woes, the general managers and managers picked up paintbrushes and tools and used their skills to do some of the work themselves.

Bobby Gilchrist, General Manager sat down and talked with us about the new Route 66 Family Buffet.

Everybody is excited about bringing a buffet back.  So we're trying to bring back that home cooking and put it out there. Maybe a little step up and show them the exceptional customer service and exceptional food.

They have been working with some amazing chefs like Bud Anderson with Ben E. Keith and Chef Kimberly in Lubbock with Sysco to get an amazing menu and choices of food ready for their customers.

The great thing about Route 66 Family Buffet is it is going to be a family-owned establishment, not a corporate-owned establishment.

We're the bosses. We are going to make the rules. We're going to make the policies. We're going to make everything. We're going to make the food ours.

Let's Talk About the Food!

It will be the food you love to eat off a buffet.  Roast, Chicken Fried Steak, potatoes, green beans, your old favorites, and some familiar favorites.  Oh and the desserts will be heavenly.  Plus, some fun new recipes will be available which will leave you wanting more.

They will also have premium items like a freshly grilled steak (which will be an added cost but so worth it).  Something cool Route 66 Family Buffet wants to introduce is a kids-only buffet, it will be all the foods your kids love, like pizza, mac and cheese, and chicken tenders. Oh, some healthy items on there as well.

Route 66 Family Buffet will be all about Route 66. They even plan to carry products from Route 66 businesses, like Route 66 sodas.  The hope is that it will be as big as that other restaurant on the other side of town.  The hope is it will be a place travelers will want to return to each time they pass through and for those that live in Amarillo to fall in love with and return weekly.

When is Route 66 Buffet finally opening?

According to Gilchrist, they are hoping for a July opening.   We'll keep you updated on the exact date!

Buffets are big. They really are. Because you can come in and get what you want when you want it. And that's what we're doing.

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You won't believe some of these are still standing, much less still alive and (wait for it..) kickin'!

Amarillo's Cursed Buildings – Historic Route 66, 2813 SW 6th

There are some places around town that just can't seem to stay in business for very long. This is one of them.

The address of the cursed building is 2813 SW 6th Street. This building was originally built in 1930. This place was originally a service station. I'm sure in the heydays of Rt. 66, this place was the place to stop to get your car serviced. However, in the last 15 years, this building has seen many different faces.

Look at How Amarillo's Old Route 66 Motels Looked Then & Now

The heyday of the Mother Road may be long gone, but would you believe that there's still plenty of the old motels where many a weary American family rested their heads during their interstate travels?

You won't believe some of these are still standing, much less still alive and (wait for it..) kickin'!

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