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How Buffets Could Make a Comeback in Las Vegas

Plus a look at the Flamingo’s new steakhouse with a speakeasy and a grant for personal protection equipment

The Buffet at Bellagio
The Buffet at Bellagio
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LAS VEGAS — Don’t put a fork in buffets quite yet. Their attraction for tourists make them a sure bet to return. UNLV professor Amanda Belarmino, who teaches strategic management at the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, tells News 3 LV that buffets could swap out the free-for-all for a butler approach to getting food, with dishes brought to the table and fewer seats to maintain social distancing. Another option is a cafeteria approach that Golden Corral is taking. Staff dole out dishes instead of letting customers use utensils to put food on plates. [New 3 LV]

FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS — Lamar Moore, the Chicago chef who won Vegas Chef Prizefight on the Food Network and the executive chef job at the resort’s new Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse, says that the status of the restaurant is on hold. “Construction is still to be determined because of the virus. Staff was already hired. Chefs were in place. Menus were done. We’re just waiting on the green light to finish the construction, then figure out the actual opening date,” he tells the Chicago Tribune. [CT]

LAS VEGAS — The City of Las Vegas now has a Business Preparedness Grant, created through $4 million the city received in CARES Act funds. Businesses with three to 25 full-time employees can apply for a grant up to $4,000 to pay for personal protective equipment, facility retrofit for health and safety measures, or other expenses reasonably needed to prepare the business for reopening or expanded reopening. [EaterWire]

How Coronavirus Is Affecting Las Vegas Food and Restaurants [ELV]

Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse

3555 Las Vegas Boulevard S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109

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