A new service charge will be added to the restaurant’s receipts to offset the cost of COVID-19-related expenses.
El Segundo Sol in the Fashion Show Mall, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in the Forum Shops in Caesars and Mon Ami Gabi in Paris Las Vegas now pay a surcharge of 4 percent. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the fee for a guest check reads: “To offset the limitations on our business caused by the COVID-19 crisis, a 4% surcharge has been added to all guest checks. If you’d like this removed please let us know. “
Chicago-based parent company Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises says the added cost of personal protective equipment, new hygiene practices, the rising price of groceries, and a 50 percent occupancy rate have forced the company to add the new surcharge. Salad Entertain President RJ Melman told the newspaper that the optional surcharge is “a necessary step at a time when unexpected costs have threatened the very survival of our business”.
Last year Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab landed among Las Vegas restaurants on the list of the most successful independent restaurants in the country. The magazine estimated that with an average check of $ 77 and 260,000 covers, the restaurant had sales of $ 22,264,200 in 2018, finishing at number 18 on the list.
The new surcharge is not only included in the restaurant bills on the Strip. Tacoman Grille, a Henderson Mexican restaurant, and Roberto’s Tacos also added a surcharge for beef. Tacoman charges an additional $ 2 for any beef products ordered on their menu.
Lotus of Siam, which has reopened its location in the commercial center, is charging a 3 percent surcharge to pay health care costs for its employees, RJ reports.
Since 2016, restaurants like Beer Park, Hexx Kitchen & Bar and Alexxa’s Bar in Paris Las Vegas, Cabo Wabo Cantina in the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood Resort and the Chayo Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar on Linq Promenade have all added a concession Franchise fee on their customers’ bills. Fees fall in the neighborhood of 4.7 to 4.85 percent which is pinned on the bill and then taxed. JRS Hospitality owns all of these venues, and a company spokesperson at the time said the fees “partially offset the rise in operating and labor costs in the effective resort corridor.”
• There is an optional COVID-19 surcharge in 3 restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip [LVRJ]
• Why some restaurants and bars on the Strip have a concession and franchise fee [ELV]
• How Coronavirus Affects Las Vegas Food and Restaurants [ELV]
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