Las Vegas is known to do everything in an over-the-top fashion. The new $17 million buffet at Caesars Palace is no exception.
Called the Bachhanal Buffet, which opened Monday, the $17 million smorgasbord offers 500 different choices a day, ranging from red velvet pancaked to shrimp and grits, according to Las Vegas Weekly. You can view video of the buffet below.
"We wanted to pay homage to this legendary restaurant that existed at Caesars Palace for many years and pleased so many customers," said Gary Selesner, president of Caesars, referring to the Bachhanal Buffet's predecessor, the Bacchanal Room.
"When we closed it, about 10 years ago, so many customers never stopped writing and talking about that restaurant. It was such a unique place. It really struck a chord," Selesner said during a media tour of the $17 million buffet, according to Las Vegas Weekly.
Las Vegas buffets are one of the most popular amenities on the Strip, where visitors to Sin City can indulge in any craving they desire. At the Bachhanal, patrons can have cuisines from Mexico, Italy, China, Japan and American fare along with seafood, pizza, deli options and dessert.
Dinner at Bachhanal Buffet cost $39.95, with the price of an average check coming to $25 a person, according to Caesars.
"We are offering the most items out of any buffet in Las Vegas," Bachhanal Buffet Executive Chef Scott Green told MSNBC. He told the network the buffet originally planned for 750 different menu items.
"Personally, I believe this is the perfect size, the perfect outcome of what a buffet should be," he said, according to MSNBC.
The $17 million buffet is creating a lot of buzz in Las Vegas, where the economy has taken a toll on the gambling industry.
"It's been pretty quiet in Vegas for the past few years due to the economy, so this is something that we haven't seen in a while and I would say that the anticipation is pretty high," Anthony Curtis of LasVegasAdvisor.com told MSNBC.
The 25,000-square-foot buffet is a boon to the local economy, employing 180 people, the network said.
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