Tricky timing: The pandemic has presented an extra test for these new Las Vegas restaurants

Opening a restaurant less than the best of instances is hard adequate. Launching a single all through a pandemic poses unprecedented challenges.

Oscar Sanchez, a veteran chef who has worked at Caesars Palace and the Bellagio, opened Lira Cafe (9886 S. Maryland Parkway) in Silverado Ranch the working day right before the shutdown began, only to near up shop the next working day. “We put a ton of effort and hard work [and] income in this area for us to get going, and we experienced a very good experience,” Sanchez says. “But then this arrived by, and we ended up like, oh, my God, what are we going to do now?”


Lira Cafe’s Oscar Sanchez (Courtesy)

Lira, which specializes in Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, instantly pivoted to curbside pickup and supply, but Sanchez says it is been rough acquiring buyers to check out a new spot even though

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