Changes: Vegas Reinvents the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
The pandemic has closed countless businesses. With the CDC recommending social distancing and not touching the same things that others have touched, what happens with buffets? Many buffets have said that they’ll close since their business model cannot survive in a post-pandemic world.
What about Vegas? Vegas is known for its all-you-can-eat buffets. Sure, they have slot machines and other things, but let’s face it, it’s all about the buffets.
Vegas isn’t about to let anyone down. Wynn Las Vegas already has a plan to open up in accordance with all of the FDA’s latest regulations. No one will have to touch tongs or slotted spoons. And yes, it will still be as much as you can eat.
Wynn has chosen to combine the perks of both the buffet and a full-service restaurant. Rather than people having to get up and rub elbows with others, they can now take a seat and have food brought to them in abundance.
The Wynn menu will feature over 90 dishes. Plus, people can reorder the items as often as they wish within a two-hour period. Everything from soup to salad to pasta will be brought right out to the table.
Additionally, the CDC has also identified that dining rooms have to be spaced out. Wynn has been more than happy to space out the tables while also providing single-use utensils.
Is it a bit different than the all-you-can-eat buffet you used to eat while playing keno? Yes. Is it actually a better experience? Wynn would like to think so. They’ve gone over the top with their menu as every Vegas buffet promises. And the best part is that there’s no need to leave your seat.
Wynn has decided to take it a step further because brunch buffets are notorious for having drinks. It is Vegas, after all. As such, they have an alcohol package known as the “limitless pour.” It allows people who have purchased the package to get beer, wine, and cocktails.
Not surprisingly, Wynn is requiring reservations. With limited seating, it’s the easiest way to ensure people get quick access to the buffet and dining room.
For anyone who has ever dropped their food on the way from the buffet to their dining table or wondered how they’d be able to get it all there, it’s easier now. The self-serve stations are gone. The salad bars are gone. It allows for a better experience that is more customer-centric.
If Vegas can figure it out, shouldn’t all of the other buffet places be able to?
Souplantation, a buffet restaurant chain throughout Southern California, has chosen to close all 97 locations permanently. They’re owned by the same company as Sweet Tomatoes, another buffet restaurant chain known for serving soups and salads in a buffet style. It’s only a matter of time before they, too, announce that they’re closed forever as a result of COVID-19.
Buffets are a thing of the past. They’re going to be a way to amuse your kids decades from now, talking about how you used to get in line and shovel food onto your plate. Then, the kids will ask with disgust, “Ewww, you touched the same tongs that someone else just touched?” And you will shake your head emphatically because it meant that you could eat as many ribs or chicken wings or mini chocolate brownies as you wanted.
Things are changing because of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean that they have to change for the worse.
If anyone was going to take lemons and turn them into sweet lemonade (possibly spiked) and, then, bring them to your table, it was going to be Vegas. Las Vegas has been the city of reinvention for years. And the reason that people continuously visit the city as their own personal mecca is because of the city’s ability to stay relevant.
Let’s give a slow clap to Wynn for figuring out how to make all-you-can-eat buffets even better.