Five new restaurants are coming soon to Soaring Eagle Casino & ResortQ&A with Soaring Eagle’s Tanya Bardy tells us more

This June, Ruth’s Chris Steak House – known for their acclaimed USDA Prime custom-aged beef – will be coming to Mt. Pleasant. The franchise will open in partnership with Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. Soaring Eagle is also renovating their buffet into a Food District to house four additional restaurants including Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy!, Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, Bubbakoo’s Burritos, and Bonanno’s New York Pizzeria. The Food District is planned to open in Fall 2023. 

Epicenter Mt. Pleasant spoke with Tanya Bardy, advertising and public relations manager with Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, for additional details about the five new Mt. Pleasant restaurants in this Q&A.

Epicenter: Can you please share more about the new restaurant changes at the Casino coming up?
Bardy: In June of this year we will be welcoming Ruth’s Chris Steak House to our property. Ruth’s Chris will be located in the hotel where Isabella’s used to be located. We are very excited to partner with Ruth’s Chris to bring our guests and those in the community a renowned dining option.

Our second dining project is renovating our Buffet into a Food District – it will be a food court type of setup, however we are calling it the Food District. The following restaurants will be inside our Food District: Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy!, Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, Bubbakoo’s Burritos, and Bonanno’s New York Pizzeria.

Epicenter: Is this the first time you’ve brought in chain restaurants?
Bardy: Yes, all of our previous food outlets were run internally by our Food and Beverage team. We are no strangers to working with outside vendors, however, it was new and exciting to work with outside restaurants that are located all around the country. Making sure that we give our guests an assortment of dining options was the goal and that has been achieved with the addition of the Food District.

Epicenter: Why has the casino decided to make these changes?
Bardy: After coming back from COVID and slowly opening back up, buffets seemed to be something from the past. Knowing that we were not going to open the buffett, it was then determined to start looking for a food court-type of set up, hence the Food District.

Epicenter: What impact will these new restaurants have for the local community and travelers to the Casino & Resort? 
Bardy: With the addition of the five new restaurants, it is going to give the community that many more options than before. Bringing new guests to the property who are just looking for an amazing dining experience after a concert, or the leisure traveler that is heading up north for the weekend, now they too have options to stop in when they may not have before.

Epicenter: Will the restaurants be non-smoking, similar to the casino and hotel?
Bardy: As of right now, the Casino & Hotel are currently non-smoking and the restaurants will follow the same when it comes to non-smoking. When we re-opened after being closed during COVID, it was necessary to be non-smoking among the other precautions that the property took.  

Epicenter: What is one thing you want people to know and take away about the restaurants, the casino, and the hotel? 
Bardy: Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is a place where you can get away for an evening out for dinner and catch a show; plan a girls day at the spa; play Bingo Wednesday through Sunday; plus watch, wager and win in the Ascend Sports Book and Lounge. This is, of course, on top of the AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel rooms and two large gaming floors between the Slot Palace and Main Casino. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is where your getaway is reimagined!
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