First Paula Deen Restaurant and Retail Store Located Outside the South Now Open at Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel

Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel celebrates the grand opening of Paula Deen’s Kitchen, the first Paula Deen buffet-style and ala carte restaurant and retail store located outside of the South. Paula Deen’s Kitchen, created with the personal touch of the Queen of Southern Cooking herself, aims to create a memorable dining experience that goes beyond great food, but also provides patrons the feel of a home cooked meal served right from Paula’s dining room. Visitors of the $2.4 million dollar, 14,623 square foot renovated restaurant will dine in a unique space modeled after Colonial Southern Architecture found in Paula’s home town of Savannah, Georgia.

Menu highlights include “build your own” savory skillets and omelets for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, indulge in Paula Deen’s renowned crab cakes, baby back ribs, shrimp and grits and much more. The Saturday and Sunday Brunch menu also includes delectable cocktails, including mimosas and the Georgia Peach. Complete the dining experience with scrumptious treats such as butter rum and chocolate layer cakes.

In addition to enjoying delicious Southern cuisine, guests can also stop by the restaurant’s retail store to pick up some of Paula Deen’s signature items such as aprons, cookbooks, cookware and even pieces from her recently introduced furniture line. Guests will also experience surprise virtual visits from Paula via Satellite from her home in Savannah and have the opportunity to interact with her while shopping for their favorite items.

Paula Deen’s Kitchen Hours of Operation:


Sunday – Saturday

7:30a.m.11:00 a.m.

Saturday – Sunday

10 a.m.3 p.m

Monday – Friday

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday – Thursday

4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday – Saturday
4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

“By partnering with Paula Deen and bringing the southern favorites of an iconic chef to the state of Illinois, we have deeply enhanced Harrah’s Joliet’s position as the region’s leading entertainment destination,” said Darren VanDover, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Harrah’s Joliet. “We are also committed to our many loyal rewards members who will receive extra perks while indulging at the buffet when using their Total Rewards cards.”

Total Rewards members can experience the unique style of Southern hospitality for 10% off, as well as receive added points and perks each and every time they dine at Paula Deen’s Kitchen and other Harrah’s dining establishments. Total Rewards is Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program that is free to join and allows members to escape to bounteous amenities and offerings, including the redemption of points at Caesars Entertainment’s 40 properties nationwide. Take advantage of discounts on hotel accommodations, shopping, dining, entertainment and more.

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Caesars Entertainment, through its network of 52 casinos worldwide, provides unmatched leisure offerings to suit every interest, from the legendary entertainment line-up of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to the dynamic World Series of Poker. Caesars is the world’s most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 74 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions; operations now span four continents with nearly 40 casino-resorts across North America. The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Harrah’s®, Caesars® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Through Total Rewards, the country’s leading entertainment loyalty program, Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. For more information, please visit