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Why Did The Buffets Die?

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Why Did The Buffets Die?

The origin of the buffet was to give gamblers a quick break from the action with a sound, decent meal. They always had good, basic grub and very inexpensive price.

They evolved into these big, showtime events, with gourmet dishes, top end food at a considerable cost.

Now, the vast majority have become nothing but slop troughs with low quality, unfresh and worst of all, cold offerings that would best be served up in a refugee camp.

What happened? Where did the good food at a cheap price go?

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1. Re: Why Did The Buffets Die?

Move to Laughlin?:)

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2. Re: Why Did The Buffets Die?

Hold on. Need some salt for my popcorn. Be right back. This one won,t end well...

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3. Re: Why Did The Buffets Die?

Hi Breeze! (waving from Colorado)

My only thought, which is of course tainted by my personal travel style, is that Vegas in general has become more of a high end, luxury type travel destination for a lot of people, and thus the average traveler profile has changed.

Vegas is no longer exclusively focused on gambling in smoke filled casinos and taking a break for food at a buffet just to have the fuel to keep going. For a lot of travelers, me included, the gambling is secondary to the high end hotels, nice restaurants, and more sophisticated shows.

As a general rule, those travelers are not frequenting buffets.

That's my two cents, FWIW.

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4. Re: Why Did The Buffets Die?

Sorry Breeze there's too many generalisations in your post for me to agree. All your points are true in some cases but certainly not all,

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5. Re: Why Did The Buffets Die?

Breakfast buffet at Hoilday Casino 1986 was 99 cents lunch $1.99 and Dinner $3.99. It was good food to. Casino was full of people actually gambling I remember some banks of slots were almost impossible to get on at night.

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6. Re: Why Did The Buffets Die?

Breeze: There is something to what you say. But the problem with looking back is that you see through your memories, and memories have a tendency to be good or bad, and include feelings instead of just facts.

Most of the buffets were pretty much a case of getting what you pay for, then and now. Many of the items at cheap buffets were fillers; biscuits & gravy, pancakes, french toast, soup, pasta, mashed potatos, etc.

You can still find this at the cheaper buffets, many of which are off-strip. You may not like them, but many consider the buffets at places like Gold Coast, Orleans, Fremont, Silverton, etc. to be great bargains.

But more and more people are going to Vegas for vacation, not to gamble. And these people want something different than the Golden Corral at home. So the buffets, along with most of the other restaurants adapt. They try and give their customers what they want, just like business is supposed to do.

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"What happened? Where did the good food at a cheap price go?"

Breeze, despite the abuse you have heaped on them I'm sure the Orleans, and their lovely cheap buffet, will welcome you back with open arms. ;-)

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8. Re: Why Did The Buffets Die?

I wouldn't let my dog eat at the Orleans Buffet. A former poster on here , that I trust, was seriously grossed out by it a few months ago.

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9. Re: Why Did The Buffets Die?

Lawgirl - Hi! I'm retired and doing well! I really do think that you are right about Vegas no longer just being about the gambling.

kt - You are probably right and as I continue on a fixed income, I may start to consider some of those places.

hard6 - Nice try!

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10. Re: Why Did The Buffets Die?

Basically from what I heard from someone years ago is that every part of the property must turn a profit. Gone are the days of the cheap food being a subsidy to the gamblers. Most of the strip is comprised of publically traded companies, they have shareholders to be accountable to at the end of the day.