Metro Diner, the Jacksonville, Florida-based restaurant that served breakfast all day, lunch, and dinner, closed its remaining two Las Vegas area locations over the weekend.
The chain, which gained fame after appeared on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in 2010, cites Nevada’s rule on tip credit for tipped employees as the reason for closing.
“We have made the difficult decision to close the two Metro Diner locations in the Las Vegas area. This is strictly a business decision due to the challenging nature of the Nevada labor market and is not a reflection of our teams dedication to serving the community. Nevada does not allow a tip credit for tipped employees making it very challenging to operate a profitable restaurant business. We understand that closing these locations in Las Vegas will affect the lives of our Team Members and we are helping them with this transition including severance packages,” the restaurant tells KTNV.
Metro Diner originally opened at 9595 W. Tropicana Ave. in March 2017, and quickly expanded the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and Warm Springs Road, 2050 E. Serene Ave., and finally Henderson.
On Fieri’s show, chef Mark Davoli made a meatloaf plate (“Diners across the world have to take a lesson on this one,” Fieri said on the show), Pittsburgh steak salad (“the new definition of salad”), and Yo Hala on the Square (“worth coming here for,” Fieri said). That last dish featured challah bread with bananas, cream cheese, and berry compote.
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