By Sally Voth -- email@example.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.