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Why Some Restaurants and Bars on the Strip Charge a Concession and Franchise Fee

Who charges them and what the 4.7 to 4.85 percent charges “cover”

Outdoor seating on the Strip
Beer Park
Amelinda B Lee

A broad array of fees get added to the bill at Las Vegas restaurants on the Strip. Vital Vegas repeatedly covered this phenomenon since 2016 when it alerted readers to “concession and franchise fees” added at restaurants such as Beer Park, Hexx Kitchen & Bar, and Alexxa’s Bar at Paris Las Vegas, Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood Resort, and Chayo Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at the Linq Promenade. The fees fall in the neighborhood of 4.7 to 4.85 percent tacked on to the bill, and then taxed. JRS Hospitality owns all of those venues.

Now the Los Angeles Times takes a look at these fees and found that the restaurant staff refer to the fee as a “‘tourist tax’ assessed on every restaurant and bar along the Strip; most venues build the fee into the menu prices, they said, but some break it out separately to be more ‘transparent.’”

The thing is, that’s not accurate. As Scott Roeben at Vital Vegas tells the Times, “These are made-up fees, pure profit. They charge it because they think no one will question it, so they can get away with it.”

A spokesperson for Hexx and Alexxa tells the Times, “It is disclosed on the menu and receipt and represents a small percentage charge just above sales tax to partially offset increasing operations and labor costs in the high-impact resort corridor. As costs continue to rise, surcharges are becoming more common and necessary in the restaurant and hospitality industries to ensure a sustainable, fair working environment for all of our team members.”

While the fee is noted in very small print on the menus and again on the receipt, the money does not go toward taxes. The Times talked to Teri Williams, the public information officer for the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, who notes that while these fees are not illegal, state law neither requires nor addresses these surcharges.

When Mama Rabbit opened at the Park MGM, it started charging a 5 percent “service fee” that neighboring Juniper Cocktail Lounge incorporated on bills. At the time, an MGM Resorts spokesperson said the fee went to the service staff and the lounge.

Both venues stopped charging the fee in October after push back from customers.

Those fees at Las Vegas Strip restaurants? You don’t have to pay them [LAT]

Beware the Deceptive CNF Charge at Beer Park, Hexx Kitchen at Paris Las Vegas and Others [Vital Vegas]

Hexx Kitchen & Bar

3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 331-5100 Visit Website

Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar

3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 691-3773 Visit Website

Cabo Wabo Cantina

3663 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 385-2226 Visit Website

Mama Rabbit

3770 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 Visit Website

The Linq Promenade

3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 322-0550 Visit Website

Juniper Cocktail Lounge

3770 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 730-7777 Visit Website

Beer Park

3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 444-4500 Visit Website