Hometown Kitchen, an American-style restaurant inside the Silver Nugget Casino, reopened on Tuesday after a woman claimed she was bitten by bugs living in her booth last Sunday during breakfast.
The eatery was shut down on Monday for an inspection by the Southern Nevada Health District. A spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday that the insects found were bed bugs, but the casino insisted it was not an “infestation.”
“Our entire premises are sprayed by a reputable pest-control company on a weekly basis, and we have never had any reports like this before,” a statement by the Casino said. “We are continuing our investigation … and are taking every measure to ensure the safety and health of our guests and employees.”
According to victim Barbi Senstrom, halfway through her meal, she was bitten multiples times on her exposed calves. When she reached her cell phone under the booth, she managed to snap photos of bugs, feces, and larva.
She said management did not respond to her complaints in the way she would have liked.
“The manager eventually came and she said, ‘Well, do you want free food or are you just going to leave your food?’ And I said, well no, I want you to know you’ve really got a problem here, there’s a serious issue in this booth,” Senstrom told KSNV News3LV0.
Senstrom also told the Las Vegas Review Journal that once she posted the photos on her Facebook page, which were shared more than 30,000 times, people responded with stories of their own involving bugs at the casino.
“People have sent me pictures of bedbugs and bites that they’ve gotten at the slot machines and at the table games,” she said.
Featured photo credit: Las Vegas Review Journal.
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