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In The Pipeline: Fun is endless for everyone

December 15, 2010|By Chris Epting

Several months ago, Andrew Pereira gave me a tour in a dark, vast, dirt-floored space. He indicated where the 100-foot buffet and the themed dining rooms would be, as well as the upscale restaurant, and of course, the arcade games and massive laser tag arenas.

Last week, we retraced our steps in that space, but things were a little different. Now, there actually was an insanely long buffet, where customers were enjoying Southern food, Mexican food, Chinese food, a carving station with turkeys and prime rib — and lots more.

A themed dining room celebrating local surf culture and sports and a room with a stage for people to sing and play instruments were there (along with a room for younger kids).

There were banquet rooms, a huge arcade game area and two state-of-the-art laser tag arenas that were like stepping into strange, black-light netherworlds.

The upscale restaurant, Delicioso!, which opens next week, was also all but complete (and will feature a wide menu, including Kobe New York steak, stuffed cornish game hen, beef Wellington and honey pecan-encrusted king salmon).

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This was the grand opening of Endless Food & Fun, and Pereira had clearly achieved what he set out to do: create a new concept destination that will cater to the whims, tastes and budgets of virtually everyone.

"Our buffet starts at $5.99 for kids under 12 and $9.99 for adults," Pereira said. "We don't think there's any other place that delivers this variety and high-quality food every night for this price. We want everyone to be able to enjoy it here, to have an experience like they've never had before — the amazing food, the games, the laser tag. Once you enter Endless Food & Fun, we want everything you love to become, well, endless."

Andrew's wife, Bettina, who has been a big part of the Endless Food & Fun vision as well, agreed.

"Whether you enjoy the buffet or Delicioso!," she said, "we want you to feel like you've done something big but for just a little money."

There are special weekend brunches, themed food nights during the week — and the place really is bigger and more over the top than I'd imagined during my summer walk-through.

Of course, many will use the concept based on their own needs. Some may just come for the food, others may be gamers, but everything starts at the buffet, which, not by coincidence, feels like something straight out of Las Vegas.

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