Attention, hungry gamblers! Steelworks Buffet and Grill at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem offers a stylish and satisfying way to celebrate your winnings or dwell on your losses. The restaurant, which opened Aug. 8, caters to all appetites by offering both a buffet and a la carte items.
"So many buffets are just trough systems," assistant general manager John Finlay said. "We wanted to offer a la carte options as well, so people with all different tastes and appetites could enjoy themselves."
Steelworks, the eighth Villa Enterprises restaurant at the Sands, appeases the most particular of palates with a pizza station; salad bar; pasta station (turns into omelet station during brunch); carving station (always features at least two meats); sushi station; 'hot' station offering items such as vegetables and barbecue ribs; 'comfort' station offering items such as mac and cheese and chicken fingers; and Asian station offering items such as sweet-and-sour chicken and peppered steak.
There are also tables serving peel-and-eat shrimp, three different soups, fresh breads, various cheeses and dried and fresh fruits. To cap off your meal, choose from a tantalizing selection of desserts, from pastries and pie slices to soft-serve ice cream and a chocolate fountain (to be used with marshmallows, pretzel sticks and other items).
Depending on when you visit, buffet prices could be anywhere between $16 and $30, except 5-10 p.m. Saturdays when all-you-can-eat lobster and filet mignon is offered for $60.
"On Saturdays, we go all out," said Finlay, a resident of Lower Macungie Township. "We feature all kinds of seafood — snow crab legs, jumbo shrimp, raw oysters, mussels, crab cakes. The soups are also usually seafood themed with offerings like lobster bisque and clam chowder."
The a la carte menu features breakfast served all day, sandwiches such as short rib grilled cheese and entrees such as Pennsylvania Dutch meatloaf. Like the buffet, it also indulges individualized tastes with items such as build-your-own burger and omelet.
Steelworks opened about month after the debut of neighboring Croissanterie, a French countryside-inspired quick-serve restaurant serving freshly ground, slow-dripped coffee by the cup, as well as filled to order croissants and baguettes, among other food items. Both establishments replace Cobalt Café, the casino's former 24-hour dining destination that closed earlier this year.
"We tore everything out — top to bottom," Finlay said of the renovations.
Changes include new furniture, drop lighting, vinyl flooring, granite bar tops and hand-painted steel-themed murals. Also, a new dining room, complete with a television for private party presentations, was positioned in a former storage area.
The 280-seat restaurant features Steelworks Canteen, a bar area with nine televisions. According to Finlay, live music or a DJ may be possible entertainment in the future.
Steelworks opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, except on Sundays when a champagne brunch begins at 10 a.m. Info: pasands.com.
There is no shortage of activity at the casino and entertainment destination as three new businesses have recently opened at the Outlets at Sands Bethlehem.
They include: Limited Editions Eccoci Collections, a store selling European designed dresses and coordinates made from hand-picked, luxurious fabrics, which opened Aug. 15; Joli Bakery and Cafe, a French-style bakery and cafe serving made-from-scratch breads, pastries and sandwiches, which opened Aug. 27; and Cardinal Camera, a Lansdale-based camera shop with 15 stores in six states, including stores in Center Valley and Quakertown, which opened Aug. 29.
According to Sands Bethlehem spokeswoman Julia Corwin, The Puma Store, a German sportswear company and the only business now listed as "coming soon" on the outlets' website, will open by the end of September.
A couple Lehigh Valley restaurants recently reopened following extensive remodelings.
First, Town and Country Restaurant at 350 S. Walnut St. (Route 512) in Bath reopened July 23 following about three months of renovations.
According to owner Steve Lambrinos, the face-lift included new flooring, plumbing, electrical wiring, kitchen equipment, booths, lighting and bathrooms. New menu items were also added, including pumpkin pancakes, seared tenderloin with burgundy sauce, penne chicken with vodka sauce and seared haddock with pesto.
The restaurant, which serves breakfast all day, has been owned and operated by the Lambrinos family since 1981. Many ingredients, including strawberries, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes, are purchased from local farmers. Info: 610-837-7220.
Second, East Supreme Buffet at 2610 MacArthur Road (former Don Pablo's building) in Whitehall Township reopened Aug. 30 under a new name, Tokyo Seafood Buffet and Grill. Owner and chef Jimmy Lin, his wife and manager, Jenny Lin, and a team of helpers had been working on the space since July 1.