Update: The Fresh Harvest Atlantic City casino buffet is once again operating at full self-service capacity. Check with the restaurant for operating hours.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino finally has the one thing missing from the Atlantic City indoor dining season.
Any idea what it is?
After months of waiting, Hard Rock Atlantic City customers now have the option of eating lunch or dinner at Fresh Harvest casino buffet. For those wondering how a property can operate a buffet when the coronavirus global pandemic is still around, the solution involves some creativity.
Hard Rock is reinventing the concept by replacing the traditional buffet with an all-you-can-eat dining experience.
In other words, for now, forget about the long lines at the food stations. Instead, all of the “classic comforts and international favorites” are served straight to the table. The cost is $29.99 per person.
Call it the social-distance version of the popular Atlantic City buffet.
What’s on the Fresh Harvest buffet menu
Customers familiar with the Fresh Harvest menu will notice that many of the regular items are still on the expansive menu.
Here is a small sampling of what’s available:
- Sliced brisket
- New England clam chowder
- General Tso’s chicken
- Italian chopped salad
- New York cheesecake parfaits
Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday, noon-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon-10 p.m.
Status of Atlantic City indoor dining
Nothing much has changed since early September when Gov. Phil Murphy cleared the path for AC casinos to bring back indoor dining.
Like the other restaurants across the state, Fresh Harvest employees and guests must follow the indoor dining guidelines mandated by New Jersey.
NEW: Today, I’m signing an Executive Order that will allow indoor dining to resume:
☑️Effective 6:00 AM on Friday, 9/4
☑️At 25% capacity
☑️With social distancing in place
Our goal is to ensure this step is done properly to prevent the kind of spikes we saw in other states. pic.twitter.com/Ro49WPThBr
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) August 31, 2020
Hard Rock AC takes things a step further with its Safe + Sound protocols.
At this time, there is no word on when Murphy will increase indoor capacity.
When will other Atlantic City casino buffets reopen?
Unfortunately, this is one of those questions that will remain unanswered for now.
NJGamblingSites reached out to several of the other Atlantic City casinos, and “nothing new” was the response across the board.
The Buffet page on the Golden Nugget AC website includes a brief statement:
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Buffet is closed until further notice.”
The restaurant page on the Tropicana AC website still shows the words “Temporarily Closed” across the Fiesta Buffet image.
The others may be waiting to see how smoothly things go at Hard Rock before moving forward with their buffet reopening plans.
Associated Press photo