Buffet 66

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Project Objectives

Create an entirely new "International Buffet" theme which offers a large open seating area, surrounded by individual themed food venues to showcase the food court format.

Photo of the casino buffet design of Buffet 66.

Design & Planning

The buffet environment was designed with the theme of an oasis in the desert, with regional Route 66 elements woven in, represented in a timeless way.

The “International Grill” sports custom IMetal accents and illuminated signage, infusing multiple colors from international regions.  “Sweet Sensations,” with cotton candy pink and peach color tones, features sweet desserts and treats in glass display cases with custom IMetal counter facing.  Using an ocean blue color palette, the “Mediterranean Café” has many unique elements from the curving overhead structure with custom awnings to the blown glass waving pendant lights. To give the salad bar a fresh, clean look, brushed silver signage and accents with a garden fresh color palette and cherry wood counter facings were used for “Garden Fresh Salads.”  The “Pacific Rim Asian Buffet” is set apart from the other venues with bamboo inspired elements which create a unique ‘Asian’ appearance.  Finally, the name “Southwest” says it all with wood corbels and counter facing and an earthy color palette.

Build & Install

The entire dining area, along with all of the specialty food venues, was transformed with no down time to casino operations.

At the buffet entrance, a curving carpeted “roadway” leads guests past stylized, angular rock formations reaching up to the sky, imparting the sense of entering a quiet canyon. Faux aspen trees in autumn tones communicate a pleasant coolness and refuge from outdoor heat in the summer. Overhead a layered soffit with blue and turquoise waving chain curtain with LED accent lighting curves like a cool river and directs patrons toward the buffet line. These elements and many more work together to create this unique dining venue within Route 66 Casino.

Working alongside the architect and construction company, ensuring that every detail enhanced the casino buffet design intent, I-5 built and installed the entire decor package, providing Route 66 Casino with the highest quality workmanship and a turnkey project that increased revenues.

Route 66 casino guests are now treated to a feast of international flavors in an inviting, contemporary on-site dining venue like no other. I-5 served as the designer and general contractor, taking this new renovation from concept to completion.

The warm color tones and wide variety of dining venues creates a one-0f-a-kind dining destination for the Albuquerque area. Comfortable booths and dining tables and chairs provide intimate areas within the space. Patrons now enjoy a low-key and easily accessible restaurant at Route 66 Casino that provides them with a haven from the fast pace of the gaming floor.

Photo of the casino buffet design for Buffet 66 being installed.