MILFORD >> Golden Corral Buffet, known for its “from-scratch” cooking, will open in December at 70 Turnpike Square, in the spot once occupied by HomeTown Buffet, said Bob McDevitt, senior vice president of franchise development.

It will be the first restaurant in Connecticut for the chain that originated in North Carolina and has 484 restaurants in 41 states, McDevitt said. The restaurant will be owned by franchisee Rick Rozier.

HomeTown Buffet closed in March without notice. Customers were met with a sign on the door that read: “To our valued guests, this location is CLOSED.” The restaurant was part of a chain of several eateries owned by Buffets LLC, which filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy so it can restructure its debts and liabilities.

Golden Corral has a wider variety than HomeTown Buffet, McDevitt said.

Food preparation is done in full view of the dining area to emphasize product freshness and quality, the company’s website says.

All its food is fresh, never frozen, and made from scratch, McDevitt said. Every restaurant has a butcher who cuts the meat; employees who mash the potatoes, and bread the chicken and fish; and a popular chocolate fountain.

“That’s why we’re the largest buffet chain in the country and we’re growing when others are not,” McDevitt said. Most of the restaurant’s locations are in North Carolina, Florida and Texas, and the company is looking to grow in the Northeast, he said.

The 13,500-square-foot space is being remodeled and is expected to open by mid-December, McDevitt said.

“Any time a new business chooses Milford, we are thrilled,” said Julie Nash, the city’s director of economic and community development. “Golden Corral is a well-known, established and successful company that will fit nicely within our community. We wish them much success and prosperity.“