Station Casinos plans to open six restaurants at its off-Strip casinos for dine-in service on May 26, and two additional eateries for takeout. Two steakhouses debut inside resorts on May 29.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board issued rules for casinos to reopen restaurants inside casinos that piggyback on Gov. Steve Sisolak’s May 9 guidelines, which allowed dine-in restaurants to open statewide.
There must be a separate entrance to the restaurant apart from those that take patrons through the gaming floor, since casinos remain closed. The same goes for bathrooms that are not inside a restaurant. Diners cannot use a restroom outside the restaurant if they have to walk on the casino floor.
After Memorial Day, Andy Masi’s Clique Hospitality plans to reopen three of the group’s restaurants for dine-in service as well as curbside pickup and delivery.
Also opening on May 26, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, Yard House, and Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ at Red Rock Resort. Diners can access those restaurants through the north casino entrance located next to Blue Ribbon.
On Friday, May 29, T-Bones Chophouse plans to reopen for dine-in service at Red Rock Resort. Customers will access the property through the east parking garage.
Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis at Green Valley Ranch also reopens for dine-in service. Diners can access the restaurant through the Paseo Verde parking lot entrance located next to Bottiglia.
Hearthstone Kitchen plans to be open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. with a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Borracha Mexican Cantina plans to be open Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m.
The Italian restaurant Bottiglia plans to be open Sunday through Monday and Wednesday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., with a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Masi received a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the Small Business Administration that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the coronavirus pandemic. Those funds helped him bring back about 100 full-time staff who were furloughed on April 27 to start work on changing everything from the way the menus look to spacing out tables at his restaurants.
His dining rooms will operate at a reduced capacity, with tables set up according to social distancing standards. Each location will require a reservation for all guests dining in, available directly through the website or by calling the restaurant.
At Clique Hospitality’s three restaurants, contact surfaces will see frequent and timed sanitization, and staff will frequently wash their hands, wear masks and gloves, and have their temperatures checked before each shift. Updated protocols from host stand to bar also include providing disposable and digital menus with a QR code to be viewed on diners’ mobile devices.
T-Bones and Hank’s Fine Steaks are limiting online reservations to no more than five guests in each party, while call-ins and walk-in parties of six or more diners who live in the same household are permitted, as long as seating adjustments maintain appropriate distancing from other tables and booths. Private dining spaces may be an option as well.
Those restaurants plan to offer a QR code at each table that diners can view on their cell phones. One-time use or printed menus on synthetic paper that can be sanitized after each use will also be available on request.
The two steakhouses will offer roll-up flatware after diners are seated. Water service will not be provided automatically and will be served per individual. Glasses will not be removed from the table for refills; new glasses will be provided. All condiments will be served in single-use form upon request.
Dining tables, bar tops, stools, and chairs will be sanitized after each use. All linen, including underlays or placemats, will be replaced after each use.
Station Casinos will check visitors’ temperatures when they enter the building, and all staff have been tested for COVID-19.
Blue Ribbon, Lucille’s, Pizza Rock, Yard House, Starbucks, and Leticia’s will follow the standards created by the Southern Nevada Health District.
Station Casinos already announced that Red Rock Casino in Summerlin, Green Valley Ranch and Sunset Station in Henderson, Santa Fe Station in Centennial, Boulder Station on the eastside, and Palace Station west of the Strip, as well as six Wildfire properties, will open first. The company says it will assess when Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station, and the Palms will reopen.
Gov. Steve Sisolak closed all nonessential businesses including casinos on March 17. Right now, Nevada is in phase one of reopening, with dine-in restaurants, including some within casinos, permitted to reopen with restrictions. If coronavirus cases continue to decline and hospital capacity to treat new cases continues to remain available, he may move into the next phase of reopening the state for business. In the past, he’s said that casinos may reopen in phase three or four of his plan. So far, there is no date released for casinos to reopen. Nevada is in phase one of reopening businesses.