Aug 22, 2015

Papas Pizza gets 20 demerits in Health Inspection

Laughlin, Nevada

Papa's Pizza 

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD)- Inspection Result
Inspection date:   8-12-2015


Papa's Pizza is located in the St. Marks strip plaza of shops directly across from the Pioneer Casino on Casino Drive in Laughlin.  

The Southern Nevada Health District Restaurant Inspection report posted for Papa's Pizza shows the restaurant received  a B grade with 20 demerits including such violations as keeping foods at proper temperatures, handwashing, keeping food protected from potential contamination, pest control, proper washing of kitchenware, and facility maintenance. See the list below.   

This information was taken from what is posted on the SNHD website (as of 8-21-15).  Note, they may have already had a re-inspection as there is a lag time between when they occur and when they are posted.   Every establishment is required to post their current SNHD certificate showing the grade they are operating under.  



The list of violations:



Previous inspections show a continued pattern of B and A inspections dating back to 2011.
It seems like each year they are inspected they get a lower grade with multiple demerits, followed by a re-inspection grade of an A (after corrections are made).







While we have never tried Papa's Pizza we would not recommend it at this time based on the erratic inspection results.   

In other recent inspections that took place on August 12, 2015,  Mama's Pizzeria, The Hideout, the Loading Dock Buffet, and the Loading Dock Bar all received A grades.




About the inspection process: 
An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an 
A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting 
any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and 
when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been 
inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  
When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer viewable.
All restaurants are required to have their latest grade certificate displayed for the public to see.  
If you don't see one, ask.

Note:  We do update this article when new/re-inspections are posted.

You can visit the  SNHD  website to look up restaurants in Laughlin or anywhere in Southern Nevada. 
There is a search feature.  For Laughlin use Zipcode 89029.   



*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses 
data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   
We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog 
post and are not in any way affiliated with them.  

Aug 19, 2015

Pioneer Casino won 4 Best of Laughlin Awards

Laughlin, Nevada


The Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall  (also known as the Pioneer Casino)  won four awards in the 2015 Best of Laughlin Awards.

Two of these went to their BumbleBerry Flats restaurant and Chef Craig Pinkard.  

They also won the award for the best looking part of the Riverwalk and the Best Neon Sign, the iconic River Rick Cowboy sign who overlooks the river. 




  


River Rick 








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Aug 18, 2015

Colorado Belle's Loading Dock Bar & Grille

Laughlin, Nevada

Colorado Belle Casino

Loading Dock Bar & Grille








The Loading Dock Bar and Grille was built in a great location right on Laughlin's Riverwalk.   The much anticipated new restaurant opened in February of 2014.    

Since that time there have already been two brief closings for remodeling.  One in December of 2014 and one for the month of June this year (2015).   On the last remodel they added booths, expanded the buffet area, changed the tables, and added a brand new menu.  






Prior to the remodels we had only visited the Loading Dock one time for breakfast.  At that time we called it the Best Breakfast Buffet on the River.  





When the new menu was announced it looked good.   One evening we were going to give Pint's (also in the Belle) another chance but the line was too long.  We decided to go to the Loading Dock instead. There was no line and perhaps 5 or 6 tables occupied.  That seemed strange.  The question crossed our mind why one place was packed and the other was virtually empty by comparison.    


We were greeted immediately by a friendly hostess and got a table near the windows overlooking the Riverwalk.   Our server took our drink orders right away.   They have a full bar menu (see the link at the end of this article).   Plus they offer a couple of the micro brews from Pint's as well.  


The inside after the remodel is slightly different and better, especially with the blue booths added.   Yet the decor is still a mixed look of industrial-cafeteria-loading-dock.  We still get the impression the Loading Dock doesn't know what it wants to be.   This shows not only in the look but also in the menu.   There is a little bit of everything instead of focusing on being a "Bar and Grille".   Plus they have expanded the Buffet and now also offer a soup and salad buffet special.   In our opinion, the buffet belongs in a Buffet not a Bar and Grille.  They should of kept the original Captain's Buffet open. Apparently, however, the buffet is popular as most of the diners seemed to be going to it.  In our opinion, that seems to undercut the idea of the full, fairly expansive menu they have.   


We decided to pass on the buffet and order off the menu.  Our server seemed surprised (or maybe disappointed) we weren't going to the Buffet.    We chose the Steamers as an appetizer.  Petite little neck clams in a white wine and butter sauce.  This was a huge order for $11.99.  More than enough for several people.  The clams were good but the sauce was lacking in flavor. An assistant server dropped the clams off but didn't provide a bowl or plates.  It took too long to get anyone's attention to get some.  


Steamers
For entrees we ordered the 1/2 Rack of Baby Back Ribs ($18.99) and the Shrimp Scampi ($17.99). Both came with Soup or Salad Bar.  When we selected a salad, we were told to go out to the Buffet and make one.   This is somewhat understandable but we think diners who order off the menu could be given a choice to do that or just have one of their choice brought to the table.    At least the salad bar had a good but limited choice and was fresh and clean.  

After ordering the ribs I remembered the Loading Dock sometimes offers a chicken and ribs (all you can eat or buffet) special.  Had I remembered this I probably wouldn't have ordered them.  Mostly because we never cared for the ribs at the old buffet or at Mark Twains restaurant (which also closed when the Loading Dock opened).   On the Loading Dock menu they were listed under specialties so I was hopeful they would be good.

It turned out they were OK, but not something I would order again, especially for 19 dollars.  The sauce seemed to be added as an afterthought and was not very tasty.  Maybe we are spoiled from the BBQ and sauces served at Yogi's in the mall?  The coleslaw and beans that came with it were just average tasting and the corn bread was dry.    It sort of all looked and tasted like something you would get at an outdoor cookout/picnic.  


The Shrimp Scampi is described as Jumbo Prawns, Linguine, Garlic and Butter Sauce.  The ingredient they forgot to list was SALT.  The sauce was so salty that after several bites it became overwhelming.    The shrimp weren't jumbo and were slightly overcooked, as was the Linguine.   



Service was pretty good at the start but went downhill afterward. The food all came out to fast, especially since we had to go build our own salads.  Our server never checked on us after everything was dropped off, never asked if we wanted another drink.  We got the impression from the way some of the staff was acting and standing around talking that they were going through the motions and putting in their time just waiting to get out of there.  Service had a cold, industrial feel just like the decor. 

Buffet selections are outlined on a chalk board outside of the Loading Dock.   Prices seem a bit high. Even the breakfast buffet (which we liked before) has gone up in price.   Sadly, after seeing the rest of the menu and our sub par experience, breakfast is most likely the best bet at the Loading Dock.  If you are willing to be brave there are other options like Fish and Chips, Steaks, Tacos, Lobster.  

They do have a Happy Hour that might be worth visiting for the drinks and appetizers.  But it is only limited to Monday through Thursday, 4-6PM. 





To see the Loading Dock menu and their hours, visit the Colorado Belle page here.

Right outside the Loading Dock on the Riverwalk is the Chill Bar.  This features various drinks and frozen drinks.   Unfortunately, their hours aren't posted but it is a good place to grab a drink when you can find them open.   They are busy when bands are playing on the Loading Dock Stage directly across from the restaurant. 






Overall we were not impressed with the Loading Dock.  We had high hopes but it was a disappointment. Given so many other options to eat out in Laughlin, it probably will be awhile before we visit again.   It is a shame they had to spend so much to build a brand new restaurant, only to the serve the same kinds of food they used to offer at 5 other restaurants they closed*.  At a higher price and lesser quality too.       


*Prior to or when the Loading Dock Restaurant opened the Colorado Belle closed the Captain's Buffet, Mangia (Italian), Tortilla's (Mexican), Gallery Cafe, and Mark Twains (Chicken and Ribs).  




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Aug 17, 2015

Revenue up at Aquarius Resort Casino in Laughlin

Laughlin, Nevada
Aquarius Resort Casino Net Revenue Up for 3rd Consecutive Quarter


American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC (“ACEP”), the operator of Aquarius Casino in Laughlin, and the Stratosphere and two Arizona Charlie's properties in Vegas, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Consolidated Net revenues were $95.7 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared to $89.4 million for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 7.0%. ACEP reported second quarter net income of $7.4 million for 2015 compared to net income of $1.7 million for the second quarter of 2014.

Of local interest, in Laughlin, at the Aquarius Resort, net Revenue increased for the third consecutive quarter. However, the increase of 2.4% for this most recent quarter was smaller than the two previous quarters of 11.9% and 10.3%.   Occupancy was down, as was hotel revenue.   

Aquarius numbers: 

  • Net revenues increased 2.4% in the second quarter of 2015 
  • Hotel revenue decreased 2.7% 
  • Occupancy decreased to 52.9% 
  • Casino revenue increased 3.1% due to increased slot and table revenue. 
  • Food and beverage revenue increased 2.4% due to a higher average check per cover. 


* All statistics are compared to the second quarter of 2014




For the other ACEP properties:

Stratosphere

  • Net revenues increased 11.1% 
  • Hotel revenue increased 20.3% due to a 5.7 percentage point increase in occupancy and a 12.9% increase in average daily room rates. 
  • Casino revenues increased 7.1% due primarily to increased slot and table games
  • revenue. 
  • Food and beverage revenues increased 9.5% due to increased food and beverage covers. 
  • Tower revenue fell 2.3% due primarily to decreased Sky Jump admissions. 

Arizona Charlie’s

  • Net revenues increased 4.9% 
  • Casino revenues increased 3.2% on increased slot coin-in and table games hold. 
  • Hotel revenues increased 20.8% due to increased occupancy at both properties and higher average daily room rates at Arizona Charlie's Decatur and food and beverage revenues increased 9.1% due to increased food covers. 




Statistics were taken from the American Casino & Entertainment Properties quarterly press release of August 14, 2015 and can be viewed at: 
http://www.acepllc.com/InvestorRelations/Investor/PressReleases


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Jul 29, 2015

Laughlin Visitation Down for June while Gaming Revenue Increases

Laughlin, Nevada

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported a record June for visitation in Las Vegas. This was  despite convention attendance being off by 16.6 percent. There were 3.6 million visitors last month, a 2.4 increase over June 2014.  Las Vegas Occupancy rates were 90.4% with average daily room rate was down by 0.7% to $114.34.

In Laughlin the numbers showed a drop in visitor volume with a rise in the Average Daily Room Rate.   

June 2015 Numbers from the LVCVA webpage/Executive Summary

Laughlin visitor volume dropped by 7.7% compared to June of 2014.

LVCVA reported 156,245 visitors to Laughlin with an average daily room rate of $43.37, up 5.7%

In spite of the drop in Visitor volume, the Laughlin gaming revenue was up by nearly 5%.

See the gaming revenue June info for Laughlin here.


For all of 2015 (year to date) visitor volume in Laughin is down by 7.4% and gaming revenue is up 3%.  

Harrah's Laughlin 

It will be interesting to see what the July and August numbers show.  Laughlin has seemed very busy in July and the River Regatta takes place in August.


*Numbers are comparisons based on the same month for the previous year.

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Jul 28, 2015

Laughlin Gaming Revenue Up for June; Nevada Down

Laughlin, Nevada

Nevada Gaming Control - Gaming Revenue for June 2015

The Nevada Gaming Control Board released the gaming revenue numbers for June of 2015.

First the good news, for Laughlin, Nevada.

Laughlin gaming revenue for June increased by 5.46 percent.

Laughlin also showed gaming revenue increases in 5 out of the 6 previous months as well.

1.55  percent increase for May (2015)
0.12  percent increase in April (2015)
4.5   percent increase in March (2015)
10.6  percent increase in February (2015)
0.79  percent decrease in January (2015)
17.84 percent increase in December (2014)



The rest of the numbers weren't great news for Nevada, especially for the Las Vegas Strip.  Gaming revenue statewide declined more than 8.37 percent to $830.9 million during June.

On the Vegas Strip, gaming revenue was down 16.31 percent to $445.5 million.

The Boulder Strip and Mesquite also showed increases of 6.28 percent and 3.89 percent, respectively.

The Control Board also released the 2015 fiscal year totals.

Statewide, gaming revenue declined 1.6 percent for the 12 month period that ended June 30, topping $11 billion. On the Vegas Strip, gaming revenue declined 4.3 percent to $6.3 billion.

The Colorado River - Laughlin, Nevada



Gaming numbers are comparisons based on the same month for the previous year.

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Jul 25, 2015

Pioneer, Change The Lightbulbs!

Laughlin, Nevada

Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall   (the Pioneer Casino)

The Riverwalk by the Pioneer is one of our favorite spots to walk, especially early morning or in the evening.  The sun rising or setting and the lights from the path and the River Rick Cowboy sign create an enjoyable walk.



The walk is lined by wooden rails, there is an outlook point, and a small beach area.

In the Best of Laughlin survey the Pioneer won the Best Riverwalk area award.


But.....it can be better, with a few simple fixes and some additional pride in the appearance.

For over 4 years there has been a problem with burned out light bulbs on the Riverwalk path.   We have never walked this path without a good number of them being burned out.  Not just 1 or 2, either.

The other day we were walking from the Colorado Belle to the Golden Nugget and out of curiosity did a rough count of how many were burned out.  Don't quote us on the exact number because some may have been missed. 


The light bulbs are easy to access by simply removing a few screws, lifting the globe, and replacing it.   Can't they have someone check and replace these once a week, if needed?

The light bulbs they appear to be using the long lasting energy saving bulbs.  So change them and forget about them for a long time.

Only one Globe was missing and should also be replaced.   You can see the type of bulbs being used and the screws that simply attach the globes over the bulbs.  These are very easy to change.





The first set of lights were completely burned out and had some trash hanging off of them.

These are roughly the numbers of burned out lights on this path. 

On the side closest to the River:
25 of the 99 lights were burned out.

On the side closest to the Hotel:
25 of 90 lights were burned out.

Total  50 lights out of 189 were out.  That is over 25%. 


Only three of the globes were missing or damaged and could also be something one of the employees checks on weekly.  




Also, the clock is never the correct time.  In fact, we don't even know if it works.  This should also be fixed.

One last thing.  The entrance to the Riverwalk from the Pioneer (on the Colorado Belle side) is like a junk yard.   This short path to the Riverwalk is a real eyesore as an entrance.

The rustic old west themed sign still needs a paint tough up and some framing.  Plus graffiti is now present on it.  Does Laughlin (or the Pioneer) really want to present the image of street graffiti for their guests and visitors to see?

It is like the Pioneer is saying go that way....but just please ignore all the junk, trash and mess you are going to pass by.


Just past the sign and before you turn the corner to the walking path where the lights are, the Pioneer generally stores junk, pallets, or things removed from the property.  This particular day there was far more junk than we remember being stored there.   But it always has been a mess.




Again, this is not a great sight for anyone about to take a walk on what was named the Best part of the Riverwalk in Laughlin.

Clean this up.  Honestly, there is no reason for it.

What would the cost be to fix all this?   

Perhaps less than $200 to change all the light bulbs.  Plus a few hundred more to clean up the entrance path and replace or touch up the sign.  Add a little paint and a better wall/gate to hide the storage and maintenance spots behind the walls.    Have an already employed staff member sweep up, check the bulbs and remove any trash regularly. 

Come on, Pioneer, you can easily make it look nice instead of feeling like a inner city alley.  


We love Laughlin and take pride in the area and community.  The Casinos and Hotels play a big part in the image that is projected.  We are sharing this only to help initiate some positive change.  To help improve the look of the area and instill some more Laughlin Pride. 

Updates will be added when or if things change. 


Want to help let the Pioneer what you think?  

Send them a message on their Facebook Page at this Link 
or Email them from the contact page on Website at this Link 





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Laughlin/Bullhead Airport - Air Service Grant Press Release


LAUGHLIN/BULLHEAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

*******FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE*******

Point of Contact: Jeremy Keating, Airport Director
Information #: (928) 754-2134 or JKeating@FlyIFP.com

Date of Release: July 23, 2015

AIRPORT TOPS $1.1 MILLION IN MATCHING PLEDGES
FOR AIR SERVICE GRANT

BULLHEAD CITY, AZ / LAUGHLIN, NV - For the first time, local and regional pledges to help restore scheduled air service at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport have topped $1.1 million. Airport officials are using those pledges as a local match to again help secure a federal air service grant for the Tri-State area.

The final tally shows $530,000 in cash pledges, along with another $608,000 of in-kind support, from local and regional individuals, businesses, government agencies and organizations. Numerous letters of support were also included in documents submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

Mohave County Airport Authority (MCAA) is applying for a Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant of $750,000 to be matched with the local pledges and contributions. The SCASDP is a grant program within the USDOT designed to help small communities address air service and airfare issues. Following extensive reviews, grants are normally announced by early fall.

"Topping $1 million is a truly remarkable feat," said MCAA President John Hastings. "It should send a positive message to the USDOT that our Tri-State region understands the importance of restoring quality, scheduled airline service."

A recent analysis conducted for MCAA by Sixel Consulting Group indicated that new scheduled airline service, along with the expanding charter flights for Laughlin casinos, is an economic development driver. In data provided to the City of Bullhead City, scheduled air service to a world-class hub, such as Denver, would create 14,000 new visitors annually and generate over $17 million in local economic impact.

Hastings again emphasized that the revenue guarantee funds may never be used if the air service is successful, but having the funds and the grant make a stronger case during negotiations.

Airport Authority officials have met and/or negotiated with a number of airlines in recent years. Two scenarios are current priorities: flights to and from Denver International Airport, or flights to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Each would provide connectivity to and from much of the country as well as much of the world. Both year-round and seasonal service has been explored. Flights would benefit both leisure and business travelers, most of whom currently use McCarran International Airport, 100 miles away in Las Vegas.
The Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport is one of the busiest non-metropolitan passenger airports serving Arizona, Nevada and southeastern California. Although traditional scheduled service ended 14 years ago, daily commercial service to more than 130 cities in the U.S. and Canada is operated by Sun Country Airlines with Boeing 737s and Republic Airways with Embraer 190s, as scheduled, scheduled charter and charter flights for the Riverside Resort and Harrah's Laughlin.






Jul 20, 2015

Dirty Dining (again) at Coco's in Laughlin

Laughlin Restaurant Inspections 

Laughlin, NV





Coco's Restaurant
Edgewater Resort Casino
Date of Inspection:   July 15, 2015Inspection by the Southern Nevada Health District*

Here are the latest Southern Nevada Health District Restaurant Inspection report posted for Coco's 
Restaurant. This is public information taken from what is posted on their website (as of 7-20-15).

The inspection process shows two separate inspections for the Restaurant and the Cook's Line.  
Each is shown below.

Overall the restaurant received a B grade with 20 demerits including violations for Handwashing, 
keeping food protected from potential contamination, pest control, proper washing of kitchenware, 
and facility maintenance.   


List of violations:


Previous inspections: 


The Cook's line at Coco's had a even worse inspection, with a C grade and 30 demerits.  (SNHD
will normally close a facility if they have more than 40 demerits).   What is more alarming is it wasn't 
that long ago, on April 2, 2015 they also had a bad inspection, with a C grade and 28 demerits for 
the Cook's line (see details here) .


Violations include handwashing, temperature controls on food, protecting food from potential
contamination, and several others. 


Previous inspections show a long of poor results:




In summary, we won't visit or dine there until some obvious management issues with regard to 
adhering to the health codes and cleanliness have been put in place.  It has been quite a long
time since we visited after our last bad experience there with a dirty dining room and unfriendly
service.    Just recently on our Facebook Group, a visitor at the restaurant had even shared that
they were told there was no toast to go with breakfast because their toaster was broken 
(for the 2nd time).  See below:



Background info on the inspection process: 

An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an 
A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting 
any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and 
when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been 
inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  
When a reinspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer viewable.
All restaurants are required to have their latest grade certificate displayed for the public to see.  
If you don't see one, ask.

Note:  We do update this article when new/re-inspections are posted.

You can visit the  SNHD  website to look up restaurants in Laughlin or anywhere in Southern Nevada. 
There is a search feature.  For Laughlin use Zipcode 89029.   



*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses 
data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   
We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog 
post and are not in any way affiliated with them.