How to stay alive in Las Vegas restaurant wars
There are more than a dozen Las Vegas restaurants fighting for the title of best in the world, but it may take more than just a few good reviews and a big menu to get a table at one of the most famous restaurants in the United States.
The city is home to more than 20,000 people, and many of them don’t have the money to pay a $60 or $70 table.
But the restaurants in question are often the ones that are struggling to stay afloat.
“They don’t make it on the table,” said Kevin Kieffer, the owner of one of those struggling restaurants.
“And the owners of those restaurants are not the ones making the decisions.”
Kieffer says he was one of many people to have a bad experience at a restaurant in Las Parkas in 2015.
The problem, Kieffers restaurant owner says, was that he didn’t have enough credit cards.
“It was just kind of like, what do you do?”
“I’m a little bit of a risk taker, so I was just trying to find a good restaurant.”
Kies restaurant closed in May of that year and was eventually sold to a new owner.
But he’s not the only one to have his business taken by a competitor.
The city of Las Vegas is home of a handful of new restaurants, and some of them have struggled to stay relevant.
Las Vegas restaurant owner Kevin Kioffer says he struggled to find the right restaurants to serve patrons.
“I had to get to the point where I didn’t know where to go, and that’s where I really started to lose confidence,” Kiefffer said.
Kieffer’s restaurant has since reopened, but he’s had to start from scratch.
“You have to find someplace new that’s got a good reputation, and you have to keep doing the same things over and over again,” he said.
The owners of several restaurants that are competing in the Las Vegas dining arena say they need to invest in new equipment.
But most of them say they can’t afford to invest.
“We are in a really competitive market, and I’m really disappointed,” said Lisa Hoch, the CEO of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, one of three restaurants competing for the No. 1 spot.
“It’s really frustrating.
We are so far behind where we need to be.
It’s like we’re in a downward spiral.”
The owners say that they need $20 million to make the upgrades necessary to attract the same number of people they need.
“That is a lot of money, but we have to get that money to the restaurant, because we can’t have them going out of business,” said Hoch.
“The people are out there looking for the right place to eat.
I’m not going to lie, we are a little overstaffed,” Kioffer said.”
If you don’t do something about it, I think we are going to see a lot more of these things.”
Hoch says she’s not going back to her hometown.
“What we need right now is to be more competitive, and to make sure that we are the only ones,” she said.