From the Chicago Tribune's Phil Vettel: The Sunday buffet brunch—the big, sprawling, nine-station, three-hour extravaganza—has become an endangered species. There was a time when hotels of even modest ambition loaded up their chafing dishes with scrambled eggs, pork sausages and various hot entrees every Sunday. No more. Many hotels, which still offer large-scale buffets on such key holidays as Easter and Mother's Day, have abandoned the notion of an every-Sunday production. There's no weekly brunch at the Palmer House Hilton. None at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Even the venerable Drake Hotel, whose Sunday brunches were a destination for a generation of diners, only offers brunch a few times a year.
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