Las Vegas Sands to pay Strip restaurant workers during shutdown

Deborah Jones

Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Sands on Friday announced a plan that will pay more than a thousand third-party restaurant workers at Sands properties during the coronavirus shutdown.

According to a news release, emergency pay will go to about 1,200 employees who work at 14 restaurants at the Venetian, Palazzo and the Venezia towers.

“These employees are an important part of our family and experience,” said Rob Goldstein, Sands chief operating officer, in a statement. “During these unprecedented times, we are committed to doing what we can to help our culinary community, which is being hit particularly hard during this crisis.”

The program — which will cover payroll expenses for salaried employees at restaurants and a weekly stipend for hourly and part-time workers — is in addition to Sands officials announcing last month that the company will pay its Las Vegas employees through the shutdown period, which will go at least until May 1.

The 14 establishments include Black Tap Burgers & Beer, Bouchon, Buddy V’s Ristorante, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Go Greek, Lagasse’s Stadium, Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano, Majordomo Ristorante Italiano, Majordomo Meat & Fish, Moon Palace, Mott 32, Sixth+Mill, Solaro by Wolfgang Puck, Spritz Poolside Restaurant, and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.

Sands also this week announced it will donate 2 million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to help heath care professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations to help in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.