See one of the last Bonanza Steakhouses demolished after standing for 45 years

Unfortunately no longer a potful of gold - Bonanza!

For 45 years, folks in Tupelo, Mississippi, lined up for the buffet at Bonanza Steakhouse, the chain whose name is taken from the hit TV Western. That particular buffet became a ghost town after the restaurant got bought by Dollar General and shuttered in August this year. Then Wednesday brought a day that stamped out the chain in Tupelo for good when that Bonanza Steakhouse was demolished. Steel your steak-loving heart and see the damage done in this video from WTVA below:

Did you ever eat at a Bonanza Steakhouse sometimes now called Ponderosa Steakhouse? With only eight locations left in the country, we're living in a new time that's a far cry from when the popularity of the chain reached its peak in 1989, when there were 600 steakhouses spread across the U.S. Is there still one in your area?

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WilliamLAllen 3 months ago
I worked at the Bonanza Steakhouse in Florham Park NJ for about a year in 1975-76. It was a converted tire shop. As employees all we got was a discount on hamburgers and fries.
JeffTanner 3 months ago
No, We never had any Bonanza SteakHouses in our area, But there were 4 or 5 Ponderosa's, which I thought were better. Now there's none left.
VinSim 4 months ago
There was a Boanza Steakhouse in Talladega, Alabama when I was a kid. It burned down, then they rebuilt it. Before the resturant closed in the 80s, it did change its name to Ponderosa. Now, its turn down and a doctors office is on the property.
MichaelV 5 months ago
Ponderosa and Bonanza steak houses are under Homestyle Dining based in Plano Tx. Pon-bon.com. We lost ours many years ago. We had 3 Ponderosa’s. I ate at a Bonanza in Pennsylvania while on vacation.
MichaelSkaggs 5 months ago
Mark, according to the website they are the same company, headquartered in Indiana. Also, they report there are 63 locations.
Mark 5 months ago
It wasn't a buffet, it served cafeteria style.
Mark 5 months ago
Bonanza and Ponderosa were two different, competing restaurant chains. Not the same company.
nerakr 5 months ago
Nope. I live just outside Tupelo. Ate there once.
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