Why Australia fell out of love with Sizzler which is closing its remaining ...

Australians have become too sophisticated for American-style all-you-can eat buffets.

After 35 years, Californian restaurant chain Sizzler is permanently closing its nine remaining restaurants from November 15.

As recently as 2015, Australia was home to 26 Sizzlers. 

Collins Foods, which owns the local rights to Sizzler, told the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday it would close its last outlets in south-east Queensland, Perth and south-west Sydney. 

Demographer Mark McCrindle said 1980s-style American diners based on value-for-money servings were no longer popular in Australia, particularly with millennials and Generation Y parents in their thirties.

Australians have become too sophisticated for American-style all-you-can eat buffets. After 35 years, Californian restaurant chain Sizzler is permanently closing its nine remaining restaurants from November 15

Australians have become too sophisticated for American-style all-you-can eat buffets. After 35 years, Californian restaurant chain Sizzler is permanently closing its nine remaining restaurants from November 15

'We've all been there, great nostalgia, but the fact is we've all changed,' he told Daily Mail Australia.

Sizzler restaurants closing on November 15

Campbelltown, south-west Sydney 

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast

Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast 

Caboolture, Moreton Bay north of Brisbane 

Loganholme, Logan south of Brisbane

Toowoomba, Queensland 

Innaloo, northern Perth 

Kelmscott, southern Perth 

Morley, inner-north Perth 

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'That cheesy toast, we look back with such warm affection but the reality is would we still go for it?'

For just $19.95, Sizzler's Endless Salad Bar offered 60 all-you-can eat choices, from cheesy toast to pumpkin soup to pesto pasta.

In a more multicultural society, Australians have gravitated towards more sophisticated dining experiences, preferring exotic dishes to American franchise offerings focused on larger portion sizes.

'Our culinary tastes are more culturally diverse and Thai is so big with the next generation and now getting more sophisticated with Afghani food and Middle Eastern food,' Mr McCrindle said.

'It's about the experience, it's about the lifestyle, it's about the social and the ambiance.

'It's not just about the value for money - "I'm going to spend this much and get all I can, I can go to the buffet 16 times".' 

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