Meredith Whitlock

Meredith Whitlock is celebrating 20 years as a server at Golden Corral, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary in Kenosha.

Meredith Whitlock remembers her first days working at Kenosha’s Golden Corral in 1999 as an extremely busy time.

Shortly afterward, during the grand opening ceremony, just a couple weeks later, an estimated crowd of 3,000 came to dine on Mother’s Day.

This week, as Golden Corral & Grill, 6208 75th St.,celebrates its 20th anniversary, Whitlock, a server, is expected to be quite busy again today as Mother’s Day is expected to bring in about 2,000 diners, according to general manager Bob Sagerstrom.

During the first four days of the anniversary week, May 13-16, Golden Corral will offer a 20 percent discount on lunches and dinners.

At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the franchise owners will make a $2,000 donation to the Kenosha Fire Department. Mayor John Antaramian will be in attendance during the ceremony for a ribbon cutting.

“Our owners wanted to give back to the community,” Sagerstrom said.

He said the fire department was selected “because of all the response they have given to us over the years.”

Sagerstrom said the restaurant has been well-received.

“We have regulars who come here all the time. We have some people who come here two, three, four days a week. Many know each other. It’s like a big family.”

And Whitlock, who is one of 60 employees, will be serving on Mother’s Day as usual.