by Don Church and Tony Schillaci 9 September 2011
During the recent power outage and destruction reeked upon Connecticut by Hurricane Irene, many victims of the storm – without water or electricity- took refuge at the Mohegan Sun Casino Hotel. The resort destination continued to function with its own generators even at the height of Irene’s chaos.
Judging by the level of camaraderie in the hotel lobby, elevators, and restaurant lines, the scene at the Mohegan Sun Resort seemed more on par with cruise ship friendliness and revelry than with orphans-of-the-storm gloom.
A long line of hungry and chatty locals and out-of-stators waiting for table space at the newly refurbished “Seasons Buffet” was reminiscent of the crowds anticipating the midnight buffet on a Carnival fun-ship cruise. While idling on line, casino guests could view digital screens showing the fare at the various stations on the buffet line: stir-fry dishes, egg rolls, St. Louis ribs, fried shrimp, prime rib au jus, salads, pastas, and deserts galore.
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