The Orleans temporarily closed its French Market Buffet for a remodel on May 15, but new paperwork reveals the makeover will be even more elaborate than expected.
Featuring a Bourbon Street-inspired design that has been steadily removed from the resort’s other restaurants over the last two years, the buffet has been a fixture at The Orleans since opening day in 1996.
The new look will increase the existing footprint, including the kitchen and back of house, to fill 24,031 square feet and will take over the adjacent liquor store to add extra room. The buffet backs onto the resort’s Sbarro, Subway and Fuddruckers casual dining options, blocking an expansion in that direction.
For the construction budget alone, Boyd Gaming has set aside an estimated $4.5 million to cover the costs. Current paperwork makes no mention of the original “French Market” name.
Among the contacts attached to the project is the Friedmutter Group Architecture & Design Studios, the former architect of record for the Red Rock Resort and the interior design of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, guests can still enjoy all-you-can-eat breakfast and lunch dining across the hallway from the buffet, priced at $11.99. A likely opening day for the new buffet has yet to be announced.
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