If you want to know the real reason Station Casinos declared bankruptcy, look no further than the $50 burger lunch they foisted upon ELV recently.
First, we tried to go to Salt Lick BBQ around 1 PM on a Saturday, and were informed it doesn’t open until 2 in the afternoon. Let’s repeat that. A barbecue restaurant….in a major hotel….on a Saturday….decides not to open until 2 o’clock. (When presumably, it expects a lunch rush?)
Perhaps the fact that the hotel is deader than Julius Caesar these days explains such bizarre hours, but nothing can explain a $50 burger lunch…for one.
Yes, that’s what our far-from-perfect “Perfect Burger” cost us, along with “cheese curds” (really just some deep fried cubes of cheap mozzarella), some pretzel nuggets (“with two dipping sauces!”), and two small bottles of sparkling mineral water.
That burger had a bun to meat ratio of approximately 3 to 1, and more moving parts than a Mexican soap opera. Somewhere beneath all the bread, sauce, bacon, cheese, marmalade(?), lettuce, etc. we found some pretty good meat, but we’ll take the beauties at BLT, Stripburger and Burger Bar any day.
There’s no doubt that Red Rock Station is a beautiful place, but pricing its food (especially its hamburgers) above what you find on the Strip, is about the dumbest F&B decision imaginable (or anyone else who signed off on these pricing decisions — see comment below). It may not be the reason the hotel operation tanked, but it’s surely, metaphorically, indicative of the Fertitta hubris that helped sink the ship.
Tariff for lunch for one: $43 + a $7 tip…and no, it’s not worth it.
In the Red Rock Hotel and Casino
11011 West Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135