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Scioto Downs Puts Food on Table
More machines, dining options set for area’s ‘racino’
By Steve Wartenberg The Columbus Dispatch
Phase two of the Scioto Downs racino opens Saturday and will add 300 electronic-gaming machines, plus some down-home, cowboy-style barbeque in the new buffet.
“Where I’m from in Texas, everyone has their own tomato-based, red barbeque sauce,” said Craig Terrell, executive chef of the 300-seat Grove Buffet.
He comes from the Flying L Guest Ranch in Bandera, Texas, where he was executive chef.
A bit of a culinary outlaw, Terrell’s secret white barbeque sauce has a mayonnaise-and-horseradish base “you can put on top of just about anything,” he said.
Other buffet options include Italian, American and Asian cuisine, Brazilian-style grilled meats and an assortment of pastries made on site.
Lunch at the buffet will cost $15.99; dinner, $21.99.
“Basically, we want to give people a quick, easy and comfortable place to eat,” said Lee Hirschhorn, the racino’s food and beverage director. “People come here for the games, not to dine, but we want to make sure that when they do dine, they’re well taken care of.”
Hirschhorn said he expects a crowd when the buffet opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and that 3,000 hungry people will work their way through the line.
The racino’s other dining option is the Dash Cafe, which is already open and serves prepared sandwiches, pizza, hamburgers and the fire dog — an extra-spicy hot dog.
The 300 additional electronic games will push the total to about 2,100.
During its first month of operation, the racino generated $11.1 million in revenue, according to the Ohio Lottery Commission. Of this total, 33.5 percent — or $3.7 million — went to the state to support education programs.
The July totals have not been released.
Hollywood Casino Columbus is scheduled to open Oct. 8, which will give the area two gambling halls.