A beloved dining landmark at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls has announced its impending closure, marking the end of an era that spanned over two decades.
Mounting Operating Costs
Facing insurmountable financial strain from increasing food prices and challenges in containing costs, the Grand Buffet has determined its operations to be “unsustainable.” In a heartfelt statement released last month, the management lamented, “For this reason, we have had to make the difficult decision to close the buffet. We cannot express enough gratitude for the support we’ve received over the past two decades.”
Prior to the global pandemic, diners enjoyed an array of delicacies at the Grand Buffet for $25 per person. However, the entry price had more than doubled in the intervening years, with the latest price being set at $55, excluding taxes, gratuities, and alcoholic beverages.
A New Chapter: Overtime Sports Lounge
While the Grand Buffet’s final curtain call is slated for Saturday, the casino has quickly pivoted to offer an alternative to its loyal patrons. Starting Thursday, Oct. 19, customers are being introduced to the brand-new Overtime Sports Lounge. With seating for 260 guests, the lounge emphasizes a pub fare menu and promises to be a haven for sports enthusiasts.
Boasting a sprawling 1,500 square feet of high-definition TV screens and an impressive 80-foot bar seamlessly connecting the restaurant and the gaming floor, the lounge is poised to be the next big thing on the Niagara Falls dining scene.
A Culinary Hub
For those seeking varied culinary experiences, the Fallsview Casino remains a gastronomic hub with 25 on-site eateries. Although the Grand Buffet will be sorely missed by many, the establishment’s commitment to providing a diverse array of dining options remains unwavering.