Hinesville restaurant turns into TikTok sensation

Hinesville Restaurant, Izola’s Country Buffet, saw increased business and global recognition following the viralization of the TikTok site. The country buffet serves classic Mediterranean cuisine six days a week. They publish their daily specials on the site, which has almost 120,000 fans. “TikTok took us around the world overnight,” said owner Glenn Poole. “We literally have people answering from Germany, London and Canada.” The site has been active since November and has brought customers out from all corners of the country. “A man from Atlanta drove all the way here today because his 19-year-old daughter told him from Houston,” said Poole. That man was Don Wickes from the Atlanta area. His daughter saw the video in Texas and told her father he had to try the food. “I would never have been here without the TikTok video,” said Wickes, who drove four and a half hours for dinner. “I’m just glad I’m here.” So far, Michigan is the furthest away from a customer to eat at a restaurant. But with fans in other countries, Poole says, it might be time to think about bigger things. “We are looking for ways to do this so that we can later offer our food to people who cannot come to the restaurant. “Said Poole.

Hinesville Restaurant, Izola’s Country Buffet, saw increased business and global recognition following the viralization of the TikTok site.

The country buffet serves classic Mediterranean cuisine six days a week. They publish their daily specials on the site, which has almost 120,000 fans.

“TikTok took us around the world overnight,” said owner Glenn Poole. “We literally have people answering from Germany, from London, from Canada.”

The site has been active since November and has brought customers out from all corners of the country.

“A man from Atlanta drove all the way here today because his 19-year-old daughter told him from Houston,” said Poole.

That man was Don Wickes from the Atlanta area. His daughter saw the video in Texas and told her father he had to try the food.

“I would never have been here without the TikTok video,” said Wickes, who drove to dinner for four and a half hours. “I’m just glad I’m here.”

So far, Michigan is the furthest away from a customer to dine at. But with fans in other countries, Poole says, it might be time to think bigger.

“We’re looking for ways to do this so that we can later offer our food to people who can’t come to the restaurant,” said Poole.

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