As sure as the summer heat, hungry patrons head for the Golden Corral restaurant every Saturday evening. It’s not unusual to see 200 people in line, zigzagging through the Puente Hills East Parking lot.
Waits at Olive Garden, Benihana’s and Chili’s also are long, proving the area to be a popular weekend dining destination in the East San Gabriel Valley. Only this weekend, the crowds may stay away due to planned freeway lane closures.
“It will be interesting,” said Robert, day manager at the Golden Corral who wouldn’t give his last name. “I don’t think it will help us,” he said.
He’s talking about this weekend’s 55-hour lane closure on the 60 Freeway between Fullerton Road and Nogales Street, an area just east of the Puente Hills Mall and one that includes several popular Asian-themed strip malls, including Diamond Plaza and Rowland Heights Plaza in Rowland Heights.
Caltrans will close three of the five westbound lanes from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday for major roadwork.
Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story SLAM.