We at ELV are baffled.
We’re baffled because the three best burgers we’ve ever eaten in Vegas — at Elevation Burger, P. J. Clarke’s, and Poshburger have all gone out of business in the past year.
Not that any of their demises was unexpected.
Poshburger was a disaster from the get-go: bad location, bad design and (apparently) bad attitude. ELV could’ve saved its investors a lot of money with a short consultation on all three, had anyone bothered to ring him up.
Elevation Burger tried to get people to spend a little more money on a much better product — something that never works with the Joe Lunchbucket crowd, cf. Mexican food. It was also hampered by a shitty location — way out in the desolate southwestern part of town — where Taco Bell is the dining option of choice for most residents.
P. J. Clarke’s was another story entirely: an iconic New York institution, purchased by those who sought to capitalize on the name via expansion, franchising, whatever, who viewed the Vegas market as easy pickins for another steakhouse. It had excellent food (Meyer Ranch beef, fabulous oysters, and one of the better burgers we’ve ever eaten….but it also a lousy location (at the far end of the Forum Shops, under a stairwell) and was right next to a pretty decent steakhouse (Joe’s) that had a seven year head start on it in terms of building a loyal clientele.
All three of these restaurants were, on the whole, better and tastier than their competition (Palm and Morton’s couldn’t hold a candle to Clarke’s), but if you’re going to saddle yourself with a hard to find address, the only way to beat the old axiom location, location, location is to have something that’s extraordinary…..and, apparently, what we found to be just that at each of these places wasn’t extraordinary enough.