Wednesday, June 3, 2020 / by Ken Couture
Casinos aren’t allowed to reopen until Thursday, but the Downtown Grand welcomed hotel guests Monday.
The downtown property reopened its hotel, pool and limited food and beverage options at 11 a.m. Monday. The casino will reopen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
General Manager Kevin Glass said the company decided to reopen certain amenities early after seeing demand from customers.
“We had a lot of phone calls saying even though the casino wasn’t open, they still wanted to come,” Glass said. “We’re welcoming out first customers back today, which is super exciting. … It’s nice to bring our staff back, too.”
About 60 of its 630 rooms were booked as of Monday morning.
Some of those guests belong to flight crews — the hotel has a contract with Frontier Airlines to house crew members when they travel to Las Vegas — but Glass said others are locals and drive-in customers who were ready to get back to the property.
Glass said he has seen a lot of people speculate as to how fast Las Vegas’ tourism industry will be able to bounce back from the shutdowns, but the demand he has seen so far has made him optimistic.
“The amount of pickup we’re seeing since we announced we’re open today, and the amount we’re seeing for June, is just great so far,” he said. “I think everything will be smooth on June 4. We think there will be a rush of people that come back.”
Some bars and restaurants in the Downtown Grand also reopened Monday. Triple George reopened with normal hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 4-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Art Bar coffee shop will be open from 6 a.m. to noon seven days a week, and Freedom Beat reopened from noon to 3 a.m. with a condensed menu. The property’s pool is also open for guests, but only with bar service.
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