Really, Really False Start
Headed out to go to the Palace Station Hotel and Casino. It is an off-strip casino fairly close to downtown. We often go there because they have a great movie theater upstairs and for years I had been looking forward to trying their buffet. It seems that less than two weeks ago, the buffet closed down for good. They have some other great-looking restaurants, but no longer a buffet.
Well, that was a bummer. Never went by the place when there wasn’t a good line to get in. My sense is they couldn’t find enough employees to keep it going. That is a big problem here in Vegas these days.
So off I went to the RIO Hotel and Casino, an off-strip casino that was slowly getting rundown over the years, but they always advertised they had the largest buffet in all of Las Vegas.
You guessed it… Buffet shut down for good within the last month. Rumors are that the RIO might be torn down. World Series of Poker moved away from it and to the Strip this year.
So off I went up the street to the giant Palms Resort and Casino. It opened after the pandemic only about six months ago under new owners. Before the new owners, Kris and I had gone there for movies as well.
I was assaulted at the door by the thickest, sweet cleaning solution smell. Cloying would be an understatement, if cleaning solutions could be cloying.
And the deeper I got into the casino, the worse it got. It seemed they wiped down every surface of every machine and wall with that stuff. It was like a thick humidity, you could feel the smell.
No chance was I going to sit in that and try to eat. Or write. Zero chance. Could not imagine what the food would taste like, so I made a dash for the nearest door, and headed directly back home to wash my clothes and take a second shower of the day. And blow my nose almost bloody to get the smell out. Folks, unless you are nose dead, stay a long, long ways away from the Palms Resort and Casino.
So no writing today. One buffet impossible to eat in because of the smell, two shut down. This is going to be an interesting project, to say the least. (grin)