Thanks to recent renovations across the Eldorado Resorts Reno complex, there are big changes under the big top at Circus Circus Reno. Along with remodeled rooms, a reimagined Midway and three new food-and-beverage options — El Jefe’s Cantina, Kanpai Sushi and Sips Coffee and Tea — the resort is revamping its buffet into an all-new food court. Located across from the Midway, the food court boasts three brand-name eateries and more than 180 seats in a wide-open common area. Rob Stone, vice president of food and beverage for Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Reno gives us the inside scoop on this fresh spot for fast-casual food, featuring the Habit Burger Grill, Piezzetta Pizza Kitchen and Panda Express.
What is the reasoning behind changing the buffet into a contemporary food court?
As the Eldorado Resorts Reno properties undergo $50 million in renovations, we were given the opportunity to really make the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Reno into a one-stop shop for dining, entertainment, gaming and more. Instead of having a buffet at each property, we thought one of the best ways to utilize the space and maximize our value to our guests was to increase the number of eatery options. With Circus Circus Reno being our family-friendly property, it seemed to make the most sense to have fast-casual dining there, where every member of the family can find something to eat quickly and at a good price. Plus, we are able to bring two brand-new restaurants to northern Nevada — the Habit Burger Grill and Piezzetta Pizza Kitchen.
Tell us about a couple popular options at the Habit Burger Grill.
At Habit Burger, the Charburger is the original kahuna, made from 100-percent fresh ground beef and chargrilled over an open flame. Guests can upgrade to a double Charburger with two patties or request theirs Santa Barbara-style with two patties, cheese and avocado on grilled sourdough. Guests also enjoy the unique tempura green beans as an alternative side to traditional French fries.
What about Piezzetta Pizza Kitchen?
All of Piezzetta’s pizzas are baked and served hot in three minutes or less without compromising the taste. Ingredients like ground lamb, goat cheese and truffle oil are sourced to build the most flavorful, eclectic or traditional combinations right in front of your eyes.
Why are you excited to have Panda Express on the property?
Panda Express, of course, has their famous orange chicken, as well as their health-minded WokSmart selections. WokSmart dishes make up more than half the Panda Express menu and have the same Chinese-inspired flavors that many crave, such as Kung Pao Chicken, with a lot of protein and 300 calories or less. You never have to choose between healthy food and good flavor — it’s all there.
Circus Circus Reno
500 N. Sierra St.
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