PT’s Entertainment Group plans to open 50th tavern — VIDEO

A warm atmosphere.

Affordable prices.

Courteous staff.

And “a place where everybody knows your name.”

These are the key components to creating longevity for a business, and PT’s Entertainment Group has done just that, according to Kenneth Scholl, a mentor with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives).

“They’ve created a living room atmosphere for people to be in, at prices they can afford,” Scholl said.

PT’s Entertainment Group, a division of Golden Entertainment, Inc., is opening its 50th tavern Thursday.

What started in 1982 as a sole PT’s Pub on the east side of Las Vegas at 1651 Palm St., will grow to 50 taverns throughout the state, 48 of which are located in Southern Nevada. PT’s takes its name from the original owners, Tom and Phil Boeckle.

The Sartini family and Golden Gaming purchased the original 23 taverns in 2002, with a vision of creating a new tavern experience for Las Vegas locals. Now with its 50th location opening this month in Las Vegas, the company continues to upgrade the guest experience at all locations, with an expanded culinary program, new beer and spirit offerings and more.

“They’ve created a family-pub situation, like what you see in ‘Cheers,’” Scholl said. “They have well-trained staff, who are very courteous, and they get familiar with their customer base.”

Dr. Stephen Miller, professor of economics and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UNLV’s Lee Business School, said businesses that see this kind of growth are the ones that “meet the needs of their customers.”

The rapid population growth Las Vegas experienced in the 2000s could have also played a factor in PT’s success, Miller said.

“I came to Las Vegas in 2001,” he said. “There was a rapid population growth over the same time. The market was growing rapidly for PT’s-type businesses, and there was an opportunity to grow if you were doing the right things. They were obviously doing the right things, and they grew.”

Longtime employee Jason Anderson, who started with PT’s Entertainment Group in 1996 as a bartender on the graveyard shift, grew with the company, and also helped to grow the company.

He ascended the ranks, first being promoted to assistant manager, then general manager. He now serves as a regional manager, and has helped open about 20 locations, he said.

“We started out as a local bar,” Anderson said. “Back then, we were the local favorites, we filled it with local people who knew what the locals wanted. I think today we’re still that brand, we’re just on a way, way bigger level. We have a lot more options than we did back then.”

Guests of PT’s Pubs, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, Sierra Gold and the new PT’s Brewing Company are enjoying upgrades in indoor finishes, including tables, chairs, flooring and fabrics, the latest in audio/video technology, unique back bar/lounge TV configurations, and in many locations, an outdoor patio experience complete with high-end TVs and fire pits.

Expanded culinary offerings include new menu items for PT’s Pubs and PT’s Gold locations, in addition to new craft beer creations from brewmaster Dave Otto.

“We have to be better every day,” said Steve Arcana, executive vice president and chief operating officer for PT’s Entertainment Group. “We have to learn from our customers. We have to improve our offerings.”

Scholl believes catering to locals rather than tourists from the Strip is a factor in PT’s success. He said the company also made a smart decision by choosing their newest location — PT’s Ranch at 6450 S. Durango Drive — which is across the street from the new IKEA, and a “ton of new housing.”

“A pub like this is a perfect local watering hole,” he said. “And they’re helping to grow the tax base in Nevada by opening these stores up.”

PT’s Entertainment Group employs 800 people in Nevada, including bartenders, servers, cooks, dishwashers, executive staff and others.

While the company has reached a milestone with its South Durango Drive location, Arcana said it won’t be the last. For the next two years, the plan is to grow the company by six taverns each year, he said.

“This one might be great today, but the next one we build will be even better,” he said.

Contact Natalie Bruzda at nbruzda@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3897. Find @NatalieBruzda on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Business
A Facebook-branded space inside of Macy’s at the Fashion Show shopping center
A Facebook-branded space inside of Macy’s at the Fashion Show shopping center will showcase 13 small businesses in November and December and seven in January. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
T-Mobile uses ticketing data to plan for event
T-Mobile Executive Director of Arena Operations explains how ticket sales data and demographics help plan staffing, vendors, parking and operations for an event.
Costco opens its doors in southwest Henderson
Costco has opened its fifth Las Vegas-area location near the intersection of St. Rose Parkway and Amigo Street. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas strip mall and office park
The Krausz Cos. and WG Group bought a strip mall and an office park in Las Vegas for nearly $80 million total. They acquired a portion of Tropicana Beltway Center in the southwest valley for $59 million. They also acquired the Westbay office complex in the Las Vegas Medical District. The buyers are former owners of The Gramercy, a once-mothballed mixed-use project in the Las Vegas suburbs. They sold The Gramercy in phases for more than $100 million.
Mario Barth talks about the growth of the tattoo industry
Celebrity tattoo artist and business owner Mario Barth talks about the growth of the tattoo industry at The World of Tattoo industry trade show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas
$7.5M Las Vegas pot dispensary opens near Las Vegas Strip
Planet 13, which bills itself as one of the largest dispensaries in the world, opened to the public Thursday. It has entertainment including an interactive floor and floating orbs. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Caesars CEO to step down next year
Caesars Entertainment Corp. CEO Mark Frissora will leave the casino company in February. Frissora has been CEO since July 2015. He was named CEO right after Caesars' operating company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Caesars Entertainment emerged from bankruptcy protection in October 2017 Before Caesars, Frissora spent seven years as chairman and CEO of Naples, Fla.,-based Hertz He led the consolidation of the rental-car industry through Hertz‘s acquisition of the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.
Planet 13 in Las Vegas adds twist to marijuana dispensary look
Planet 13, which bills itself as one of the largest dispensaries in the world, opened to the public Thursday. The dispensary is located near the intersection of Desert Inn Road and Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, near Trump International, in Las Vegas. Planet 13 has plans in the future for a coffee shop, a tasting room for marijuana-infused beer and wine, a lounge for consuming marijuana on site if that is legalized and space for food.
Caesars Entertainment opening 2 resorts in Dubai
Cove Beach will open on Meraas’ Bluewaters Island in Dubai in November and Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and The Residences at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai will open in December. (Caesars Entertainment)
Bellagio, MGM Resorts International’s luxury hotel turns 20
The more than 3,000-room Bellagio hotel is situated on the site of the former Dunes Hotel. The Dunes was imploded in 1993, and construction of the Bellagio started in 1996. It cost $1.6 billion to build, making it the most expensive hotel in the world at the time. The Bellagio was former Wynn Resorts Ltd. Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn’s second major casino on the Strip after The Mirage. MGM Resorts International acquired the property from Steve Wynn in 2000. (Tara Mack/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Facial recognition software at G2E – Todd Prince
Shing Tao, CEO of Las Vegas-based Remark Holdings, talks about his facial recognition product. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former NBA player, Shaquille O'Neal, speaks about his new Las Vegas chicken restaurant
Former NBA player, Shaquille O'Neal, speaks about his new Las Vegas chicken restaurant. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Bobby Baldwin to leave MGM
MGM Resorts International executive and professional poker player Bobby Baldwin is set to leave MGM.
Caesars has new armed emergency response teams
Caesars Entertainment Corp. has created armed emergency response teams. They are composed of former military and law enforcement officials. "These teams provide valuable additional security capabilities,” Caesars spokeswoman Jennifer Forkish said. Caesars is hiring Security Saturation Team supervisors, managers and officers, according to LinkedIn. The company did not say how many people it plans to hire for the units. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas, airlines prepare for CES
CES in January is expected to attract more than 180,000 attendees. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
AGS partners with Vegas Golden Knights
AGS is the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of Class II slot machines used primarily in tribal jurisdictions. It announced a marketing partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Lehman Brothers bet big on Las Vegas
Lehman Brothers collapsed 10 years ago, helping send the country into the Great Recession.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Ross & Snow launches in Las Vegas
Luxury shoe brand Ross & Snow has opened in Las Vegas, featuring "functional luxury" with premium shearling footwear. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Remote Identification and Drones
DJI vice president of policy and public affairs discusses using remote identification on drones. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Drones and public safety in Nevada
Two representatives in the drone industry discuss UAV's impact on public safety. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Frontier Airlines to launch flights from Las Vegas to Mexico
Frontier, a Denver-based ultra-low-cost carrier, will become the first airline in more than a decade to offer international service to Canada and Mexico from Las Vegas when flights to Cancun and Los Cabos begin Dec. 15. (Rick Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren addresses Oct. 1 lawsuits
MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren addresses criticism his company has received for filing a lawsuit against the survivors of the Oct. 1 shooting. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International opens the doors on MGM Springfield
Massachusetts’ first hotel-casino opens in downtown Springfield. The $960 million MGM Springfield has 252 rooms and 125,000-square-feet of casino. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International prepares to open MGM Springfield
Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International gave news media and invited guests a preview of the $960 million MGM Springfield casino in Massachusetts. The commonwealth's first resort casino will open Friday, Aug. 24. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A Walk Through Circus Circus
It only takes a short walk through Circus Circus to realize it attracts a demographic like no other casino on the Strip: families with young children. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Morphy Auctions, a vintage slot machines seller, wants gaming license
Vice president Don Grimmer talks about Morphy Auctions at the company's warehouse located at 4520 Arville Street in Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Rick Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada's venture capital money doesn't stay in state
Zach Miles, associate vice president for economic development for UNLV, said there’s venture money in Southern Nevada, “but trying to find the right groups to tap into for that money is different.” According to a 2017 report from the Kauffman Foundation, Las Vegas ranked number 34 out of 40 metropolitan areas for growth entrepreneurship, a metric of how much startups grow. With a lack of growing startups in Las Vegas, investment money is being sent outside of state borders. The southwest region of the U.S. received $386 million in funding in the second quarter, with about $25.2 million in Nevada. The San Francisco area alone received about $5.6 billion. (source: CB Insights)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like