LAS VEGAS – budget buffets can be on the way out.
At Station Casinos, many locals love to gamble all day and stock up on bottomless food for an affordable price, but maybe not anymore.
Station Casinos wouldn’t directly admit to 13 Action News that they have no plans to bring buffets back. Frank Fertitta, CEO of Red Rock Resorts Inc., said in a recent call-out, “We will bring the dollars to the place where we make money. It will be slot machines and table games.” , our main business. We will have several dining options. We won’t have a buffet. “
The company’s CFO Stephen Cootey continued, “I’m going to say ex-buffet because obviously it would be out year after year because of the buffet that I think we can say will never return.” “”
It is a huge loss for the locals.
“This really sucks, not listening well,” said Justin, who lives in Las Vegas.
“We like Station Casinos for the price, it’s a good price,” he added. “I like the food. I loved taking the family there. It used to be one of our weekly or biweekly things that we used to do.”
The news is worse for workers laid off during the pandemic who may not get their jobs back.
“I’m worried because we used to be full-time. Right now it’s not full-time. It will take us years to get full-time [positions]”said Cristina Lopez, a former buffet worker at Texas Station.
“Traditionally, this was a way to keep players in the casinos so they wouldn’t have to eat elsewhere. It was also a great way to give giveaways to players,” said Scott Roeben, founder of Vital Vegas.
He says it’s sad to hear the station’s buffets aren’t coming back, but not surprising.
“The cost is lower, but there is a reason for it. It’s because the casino tends to subsidize the buffet like they do with other things. That just goes away and the casinos are no longer willing to take that hit They are watching their margins more closely than ever before, “said Roeben.
He says casinos used COVID-19 as an excuse to eliminate freebies and he doesn’t see budget buffets returning anytime soon.
“Station looks around and sees that these aren’t making us any money. If the locals were willing to pay $ 45.50 for a buffet, they’d bring them back, but they’re not. They know their customers and they know that they ‘I’m just not going to go for a price like that, “said Roeben.
Culinary Union Local 226 says that is exactly why it is pushing state lawmakers to pass SB 386.
A union spokesman posted a statement to 13 Action News that read:
“A return policy would prevent employers from taking advantage of a global pandemic to get rid of older workers in a shameful attempt to force them into early retirement. It would be an injustice to put long-term employees on the front lines who have contributed to Nevada’s success Decades until the pandemic is over. SB386 also includes a provision that would allow a laid-off employee to return to a similar job at their job, as long as they are qualified or would receive additional training, a sensible measure urgently needed to Create stability in the Nevada workforce. The Culinary Union urges Nevada lawmakers to stand with working families and pass Senate Draft 386. ”