UPDATE: Originally this article stated that Village Inn Seafood has already closed, we have since updated with more accurate information. The original rep we spoke with kinda goofed (which caused us to goof), thanks to the other rep at RIO for setting us straight. The Village Buffet is indeed still open, for now, it will shutter it’s current location and combine with Carnival World Buffet in November.
Rio’s Village Seafood Buffet will close and become part of Carnival Buffet. Our tipster paperposter took some shots last week showing the Carnival World Buffet’s VIP Entrance readying for the new arrival. Carnival is still open as well. We are speculating that Carnival’s old VIP entrance will be the new Village Inn entrance, this has not been confirmed.
A call to the property confirmed the future closure, and they assured us that the Village Seafood Buffet will be part of the Carnival World Buffet in a shared space. We’re not sure if the amazing seafood buffet would be included in the standard Carnival price or considered an upgrade for a higher price, (or a completely different entity at this point). There is no word yet on what will fill the old seafood location at The Rio, but I’m sure they’ve got something in mind. The rep we spoke with said the seafood will be available at Carnival starting possibly November 8th or 15th, but definitely in November. We’re still wrapping our brains around a valid reason why they would just close it and merge it after it’s been voted 2015 Best Las Vegas Locals Buffet by Casino Player magazine. *shrugs* Perhaps it’s to draw more attention to the upscale Buzio’s Seafood Restaurant?