RED WING, Minn. (September 4, 2015) – Treasure Island Resort & Casino held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the re-opening of Tradewinds Buffet.
Tradewinds Buffet closed in June for an eight million dollar renovation. The newly renovated space is approximately 16,000 square feet with a larger entrance, floor layout, flexible seating areas with tables and booths for 450 people, and two new self-serve beverage stations. There is also a small bar for beer and cocktails. Another feature is the addition of restrooms, which are ADA accessible. Many of the upgrades to the menu and layout were based on guest feedback.
Several design elements capture the look and feel of nature. Based on the concept of earth, wind and water, the buffet has vibrant colors and specific materials that give the space a warm and inviting feel. From the glass wall entrance to the tiles, wood flooring and carpet, the look is upscale and contemporary. The lighting is state-of-the-art and a video wall near the entrance is a piece of visual art. One of the most intriguing design elements is a 30′ long backlit onyx wall.
To go along with the updated look of Tradewinds, there are nine separate buffet stations: Grille, Wok, Carvery, Wharf, Favorites, Rotisserie, Garden Salad Bar, Wood Stone Pizza & Mediterranean, and Dessert Island. Exciting new foods include the wood stone pizza, a salad bar that is much larger, a separate bread and soup station, dessert crepes and hand dipped gelato. Ten new positions were added to the staff of the buffet to help accommodate the new food items and provide a high level of guest service.
Ron Johnson, President of the Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council, shared his thoughts on the project. “We thank our guests for their patience as we made improvements to Tradewinds Buffet. We believe that the changes will add to the overall guest dining experience at Treasure Island.”