Caesars bets $17 million on the Strip‘s biggest buffet
By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY
We’re talking made-to-order chocolate and vanilla soufflés, home-smoked ribs and chefs who’ve worked in top restaurants.
Caesars Palace‘s revamped $17 million buffet, tentatively set to open in Las Vegas Sept. 10, is billed as the Strip’s biggest, with 524 menu items. Caesars researched other Vegas buffets and says it will dish up more dishes. Don’t expect troughs of reheated eats: Executive chef Scott Green says 80%-90% of the food will be made at buffet stations in front of the customer.
Some months ago, I asked readers to submit suggestions for the buffet’s new name, and regret to inform you that “Vomitorium,” “Eat Tu Brutus” and “Grubis Maximus” did not make it.
Reader Mary Riggins came closest with “Baccus Feast.” The buffet’s new name is “Bacchanal” instead of the old Lago. The idea is over-the-top indulging. But the decor will be modern and homey, including serving stations fronted with shelves holding hundreds of jars of pickled foods and other edibles. “No togas, no Roman columns,” Green says.
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