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Shaffer's closes buffet, cites lack of interest

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In June 2010, George Shaffer holds a sample of an evening buffet item at Shaffer’s Catering, Barbecue and Deli, which removed the buffet on Friday. — Rich Cooley/Daily file

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

Shaffer's Catering, Barbecue and Deli in Woodstock has removed the evening buffet from its menu of services.

Friday was the last time diners could partake in the all--you-can-eat bar, said George Shaffer, who owns and manages the 60-year-old business.

Shaffer's began offering the buffet two years ago, coinciding with some renovations to the 913 S. Main St. institution. The buffet was available 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"It just didn't get enough business," Shaffer said. "We've gone back to our original hours, which is 7 in the morning to 6 in the evening. We're pushing for bigger lunches. We're going back to our roots."

Those roots are a catering business -- which Shaffer said in an interview two years ago covered a 100-mile radius and handled everything from weddings to camps to vineyards to corporate events -- and the lunch business.

Shaffer's family started the company as a part-time catering firm in 1952. He has worked for it full-time since 1990.

The deli offers a hot lunch special, sandwich special and soup special every weekday, plus other deli items and salads. It will continue to offer the salad bar at lunch and in the afternoons, something which was started along with the buffet and has proved to be popular, Shaffer said.

"The buffet just wasn't a viable concept," he said. "We had some really nice, regular customers. It just wasn't consistent enough. Just wasn't the time to do it. We gave it a good try. We really appreciated everybody that came in and supported us. It just wasn't quite enough."

The focus is back on the deli, which also includes pies and cakes, and "getting people to come in the door, and, of course, think of us when you need catering," Shaffer said.


To be honest, my opinion is the Buffet Mr. Shaffer served left a lot to be desired. There was very little to choose from and one of the servers made a comment that one of the meat courses was on its 2nd day on the bar. It really looked it, too. Not sure the decrease interest wasnt justifiable. Good People but Quality seems to be slipping.


Rotten eggs, I love their B-BQ. However, one item doesn't do it.

I have introduced many to their chicken salad and pimento cheese who loved it. Many of these same people will either make a special trip from afar or get off the interstate if passing Woodstock just to pick some up. If anyone knows where you can buy either of these by the pound that is any better please share because I have not found it! If you have not found top notch chicken salad or pimento cheese around the area give it a try, you will be impressed.

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