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Scioto Downs adding buffet, sports bar, more slots this weekend
Columbus BusinessFirst, Dan Eaton
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
The full new Scioto Downs experience will be available starting Saturday. Arrive hungry.
Chester, W.Va.-based MTR Gaming Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTG) on June 1 opened the doors to more than 1,700 video lottery terminals and its first round of dinning and drinking choices, which included a cafe and a lounge. Phase two, toplined with a 278-seat buffet, opens Saturday. The additional 27,000 square feet also include a sports bar and another 300 slots-like VLTs.
Lee Hirschhorn, director of food and beverage, said the Grove Buffet will have seven different food stations with its initial configuration, including a carving station and salad bar; an Italian section with made-to-order calzones and pizza; an Asian station with Korean-style Kalbi ribs; and an American comfort-food area with fried chicken, mashed potatoes and local vegetables. Desserts are made in-house.
“For the first few weeks, we’re going to stay the same, see what people like,” he said.
Hirschhorn said they also plan to capitalize on the suddenly booming Brazilian steakhouse scene with meats grilled and served in the skewered South American style.
The grills and ranges are mobile so the buffet will have the ability to change. Future plans include having nightly specials for seafood or steak, for example, but that schedule hasn’t been set yet.
Lunch is $15.99 and dinner is $21.99. The buffet will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and will stay open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Chef Craig Terrell came to Scioto Downs with a background in casino and hotel dining, including time at the Sky City Casino Hotel in Acoma, N.M.; Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City, Kan.; Harrah’s Metropolis in Metropolis, Ill.; and Isle of Capri Casino Hotel in Lake Charles, La.
With phase two, the Scioto Downs complex will have the seating to feed roughly 1,200 between the casino and race track, not counting concession stands.