Despite eager media speculation regarding the fate of buffets on the Strip, one resort is investing heavily to make sure a crown jewel of all-you-can-eat dining won't be mothballed when visitors ultimately return to Las Vegas.
The $100 million, 25,000-square-foot, 600-seat Bacchanal Buffet filed paperwork earlier this year to remodel a section of the food line and has now revised the plans to allocate an estimated construction budget of $2.4 million for the makeover. The renovation at the buffet at Caesars Palace focuses on a 2,120-square-foot area, and the changes will affect the existing food counters, service equipment, and the ceiling and floor finishes.
Bacchanal Buffet launched in September 2012 and served its millionth customer in August the following year. Specific plans on how the buffet intends to follow social distancing or protect food from contamination have not been revealed, but many dishes at the nine serving stations are already individually prepared, shared, or plated in real-time by staff from behind the counters.
An estimated timetable for the remodel or its completion have also not been announced.
Caesars Palace, along with every other casino in Nevada, closed on March 17 following a directive from Gov. Steve Sisolak to suspend operations of nonessential businesses, including casinos, dine-in restaurants, and bars, an order that stays in place through April 30.
On March 15, MGM Resorts closed all of its buffets in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wynn Las Vegas also closed its buffet before the statewide closure of dine-in restaurants.
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