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Aria closes its buffet for remodeling

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A server takes a beverage order from MGM Mirage employees at the Aria buffet Monday, Dec. 14, 2009.

After three years and strong consumer reviews, the buffet at Aria has closed to remake its food and atmosphere.

The buffet, located on the pool level, closed Monday and is expected to reopen by the end of the year, officials at MGM Resorts International said today.

Expect the new buffet to have different food choices, a redesigned layout and a new color scheme. Full details were not available. Reopening is set for late December.

The buffet received above-average to excellent reviews from diners on Yelp, including a four-star rating by one customer just two days before it closed.

In September, Caesars Palace opened an expansive new buffet, which cost $17 million to remake and drew lines of people who waited for hours to pick from more than 500 dishes. The Aria’s renovation is not expected to be as extensive.

Aria and City Center opened in 2009 in the midst of the recession, but the $8.5 billion project has survived through tough economic times.

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  1. I ate here a few times during my last stay and all of us agreed it was very expensive. I thought the food was good, but you could go down the street and pretty much get the same thing for about $10 less. Hopefully they bring the price down a bit and make it on par with the Bellagio, which we all agreed was MGM's premiere buffet.