From the Asheville Citizen-Times‘ John Boyle aka The Answer Man:
Golden Corral is indeed coming to Asheville, but not to the old Ryan’s.
“We’re still negotiating on a site, but it’s not a Ryan’s location,” said Dave Gronewoller, the Golden Corral franchisee for the Carolinas and southern Florida. “We hope to have it open by the end of the year, if we can get it up and running that quick.”
Gronewoller said he could not divulge the location but that it would be in the city of Asheville. They plan to build a 12,500-square-foot restaurant that would employ between 150 and 170 workers.
“We’ve been working on finding a place in Asheville for six years,” Gronewoller said. “The biggest problem is finding enough land to develop. And we wanted to make sure we were in just the right spot.”