Food halls replacing buffets as Las Vegas casinos look to improve their bottom line

Food halls replacing buffets as Las Vegas casinos look to improve their bottom line

Article brief provided by The Nevada Independent
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
March 17, 2024 2:47 PM
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent

“What happened with the Carnival World Buffet?” Gaming Control Board member George Assad asked Dreamscape executives at a gaming license hearing last summer to allow the company to assume operations of the Rio Hotel & Casino.

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“Why isn’t it coming back? There were always lines out into the casino floor.”

Patrick Hoefler, who took over as vice president of food and beverage at the Rio following Dreamscape’s licensing, said the Carnival World Buffet’s popularity didn’t translate into profitability — a common occurrence with most Las Vegas buffets.

“In the best case scenario, buffets made a little bit of money,” Hoefler said recently.