The Las Vegas Strip gets closer to normal on April 8 when Encore Las Vegas reopens for midweek hotel stays. The resort closed its hotel, gaming floor, and restaurants for weekday service back in October as tourism demand in Las Vegas remained low.
The reopening brings restaurants — Sinatra, the Italian restaurant, and Jardin, which is currently only serving breakfast and lunch — back to daily service as well. Elio, the stellar Mexican restaurant from Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes, and Santiago Perez of ATM Group, permanently closed in November after a short run at the resort.
Encore also hosts Encore Beach Club, now operating as a lounge and pool without the parties, and XS Nightclub, also operating as a lounge without big-name deejays.
Encore joins other resorts that recently reopened for daily service. Mandalay Bay, Park MGM, and the Mirage returned to 24/7 operations on March 3, while Planet Hollywood Resort returned to daily hotel reservations on March 15 and The Linq opened up its hotel reservations to seven days a week on March 22. The Palazzo reopened its hotel in early March after more than nine months of closing for midweek stays and four months of accepting no reservations.
The news comes as the state relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions at casinos, restaurants, and bars. In November, Nevada restricted restaurants to 25 percent capacity with a maximum of four people per table to slow the spread of COVID-19. On February 15, the state let restaurants and bars offer 35 percent capacity and a maximum of six people per table. The state expanded to 50 percent capacity at restaurants, bars, and casinos on March 15.
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