Food & Drink International - Winter 2017, Volume 2 - 113
Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery
amenities, service and amazing food
deals. The company remains family
owned and operated.
"Tourists and out-of-market guests
are seeing us on Yelp, Trip Advisor and
Facebook, and we are drawing more
of the tourists versus the local crowd,"
Christina Ellis says. "We are striving
to be a more sought-after destination
while staying true to who we are, which
is a local's place first and foremost."
Food and Brews
When it comes to value, Ellis Island say
it sets the standard. "We are keeping
the old Las Vegas process alive with
really good-quality food and great beer
that we brew in-house," Christina Ellis
says. "You can get a 20-ounce beer for
$2.50, a full steak dinner for $7.99 and
a rack of ribs for $13.99."
beans, choice of starch and a soup or
salad to start. You get all for $7.99,
which is an incredible deal."
The chicken-fried steak, N.Y. steak
and eggs, and Italian favorites are also
big hits in the restaurant. Ellis Island is
known for its steak and maintains good
supplier relationships to ensure it will
maintain that reputation. "We work
with a core group of suppliers who ensure the right ounces and quality," Ellis
notes. "We have been here for nearly
50 years and our supplier relationships
have served us well."
Ellis Island and its Village Pub locations together employ 550 people who
were born for the hospitality industry.
"First impressions are very telling and a
really big part of our hiring process," Ellis says. "Did they have a big smile when
they met our executives? We are a busi-
"We will see what the industry is
looking for down the road and where
we can find ourselves in that spot."
Ellis Island brewery prides itself on
serving "good, clean and drinkable
beer." The company usually features
10 beers including four seasonal brews
alongside its usual six. "We are the No.
1 distributing brewery in Las Vegas
and No. 1 in the Mountain West region,"
Ellis says. "We have a string of small
taverns in Las Vegas called Village Pub
to pay homage to our original location."
Village Pub & Café is Ellis Island's
main restaurant that serves breakfast,
lunch, dinner and late-night menus. The
restaurant is famous for its top sirloin
steak special. "Just for a point of reference, we serve around 300 sirloins a
day," Ellis adds. "That's a ton of steak!
We have a very busy broiler. You get a
10-ounce filet-cut sirloin, garlic green
ness first and foremost, so we do look
for hardworking and reliable people."
The company also focuses on and
shows its appreciation for the people
who work in the casino industry. "We
offer aggressive promotions to people
who work in the casino industry, the
taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers," Ellis explains. "We have specials geared toward this group because they are the
people tourists interact with and ask
where to go and what to do. It helps
Sysco Las Vegas is proud to partner with Ellis
Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery. Sysco is the global
leader in selling, marketing and distributing food
products, equipment and supplies to restaurants,
healthcare and educational facilities, lodging
establishments and other customers who prepare
meals away from home. The company operates
196 distribution facilities serving approximately
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