Feast Buffet

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Project Objectives

Santa Ana Casino's Feast Buffet had become outdated and lost its appeal as a destination for the casino. I-5 was brought in to provide a complete upgrade which would infuse a new modern Pueblo style into the space and transform the entire venue with very little downtime to the buffet's operations.

Photo of Feast Buffet Casino Restaurant Design.

Design & Planning

I-5 Design's theme for the Feast Buffet was inspired by the beautiful cottonwood bosque growing alongside the banks of the nearby Rio Grande River. This woodsy riverside motif was expressed in fresh, modern forms throughout the buffet.

Branch-inspired design patterns—from the custom carpet to the decorative screens to the angled “branches” that serve as graceful room dividers between seating areas – permeate the space. A majestic, artistically sculpted cottonwood tree at the center of the buffet spreads its golden foliage to create an intimate seating area and casts lifelike shadows on ceiling and walls. A curving soffit with blue LED cove lighting winds its way around the perimeter of the dining area like a gracefully flowing river. Supported by large rock pillars with punched copper sconces, wood beams span the length and width of the entire buffet area. Mimicking the branch-like motif found in the carpet, booth dividers create a unified flow throughout the space. Mica ceiling lights, set in medallions of latillas, and matching mica pendant lights complete the warm ambience of the space.

Build & Install

All the decor elements were pre-fabricated in-house and shipped on-site to I-5's on-site installation manager.

Working with I-5 Design created a headache-free project for Santa Ana Star Casino. Serving as the designer and general contractor, I-5 created solutions that considered every aspect of the project, allowing each phase to transition smoothly and be executed with ease. Since the designs are custom and the elements created are fashioned for the each specific venue, it served the casino best to have I-5’s fabrication team move the project forward.

With a detailed installation plan, the on-site manager oversaw the installation team implementing the casino decor design. The end product was a contemporary buffet design that incorporated classic elements similar to the surrounding terrain. In just weeks the Santa Ana Star Casino had a new Buffet area that gave patrons and guests a warm mellow get-a-way from the gaming floor.

Photo of the decor for Feast Buffet Casino Restaurant Design being built.
Restaurant Design - Feast Buffet at Santa Ana Star Casino, new booths and seating area.

Finished Project

I-5's "concept to completion" in-house resources ensured that everything from design, to fabrication, to installation was completed by the I-5 team. Design intent was preserved throughout all phases of the project, and implementation was seamless and expedited.

I-5’s design created an easy flow throughout, leading people to the buffet line, and then to a variety of seating areas, including intimate spaces in which to enjoy a more private meal.

“We are very pleased with the outcome and impressed by the speed in which I-5 Design coordinated our work. I find their methods most effective for high quality, fast paced renovation work and specifically noted their expertise and proficiency in the manufacturing and installation.”  – John Cirrincione, General Manager