Brett Raymer and Wayde King, the stars of Animal Planet’s hit reality TV show Tanked, have already received some unwanted attention before their Las Vegas restaurant has even broken ground.
Animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) read the Sept. 8 Eater Vegas reveal that the pair were planning to debut Get Tanked in Las Vegas, the first of a planned nationwide restaurant chain.
PETA’s executive vice president Tracy Reiman wrote to the brothers-in-law urging them to rethink the project, explaining "serving fish at an aquarium is like serving poodle burgers at a dog show."
Encouraging the team to consider vegan options for their menu, she added, "PETA stands ready to help Get Tanked serve delicious faux fish, which would spare beautiful, sensitive animals the pain of being netted, dragged from their ocean home, and left to suffocate on the decks of fishing boats."
Brett Raymer, co-owner with King of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, announced the restaurant concept on the CBS Sports Radio show, Ferrall on the Bench. Raymer estimated it would be six to nine months before completion, but offered no further details of the menu, exact location or the interior design.
ATM’s long resume of local commercial restaurant and resort work includes creations at the Palms, Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, Rollin Smoke BBQ and Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace.