LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some Las Vegas businesses are benefiting from the city's new policy allowing them to offer delivery alcohol. Marche Bacchus has more than 950 types of wine, but selling them to people has been a tough task since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
"Once it was deemed that liquor and wine was nonessential, we had to shut the doors down completely and that was very scary," said Rhonda Wyatt, co-owner of Marche Bacchus.
One week ago, the French bistro and wine shop legally couldn't operate because of Gov. Sisolak's order to close all nonessential businesses.
"The frustrating thing is we own three different licenses, and we really can't use any of them," said Rhonda Wyatt.
Because of COVID-19, the restaurant and kitchen at Marche Bacchus are still closed to customers. But last week, the city of Las Vegas offered businesses two lifelines in the form of temporary permits, allowing certain small businesses to sell alcohol with curbside food orders, and later allowing others to deliver alcohol directly to customers.
"With the new rules, we are able to deliver wine to your door or we are able to deliver, curbside, any wine that you'd like with the cheese and charcuterie platters," said Rhonda Wyatt.
As co-owners of Marche Bacchus, Rhonda and her husband, Jeffery, have had to lay off all 37 members of their staff. But, with more than half of their business coming from wine sales, they believe alcohol delivery could help their business bounce back.
"Well, it was huge, obviously. And specifically, for us, the wine sales and bringing it to someone's home. Our customers, they've been very, very supportive to us," said Jeffery Wyatt.
And the Wyatts aren't the only ones benefiting from the rule changes in Las Vegas. Lee's Discount Liquor has been inundated with orders ever since they started doing delivery on Saturday. Lee's has received so many orders that after 2 days, they've temporarily put all deliveries on pause, only posting on their website and Facebook page that they will start deliveries again "soon."
So, the next time you need to re-stock your wine cabinet, the owners of Marche Bacchus hope you'll think small business and let them deliver right to your door.
"Anything you need, we're happy to just come bring it to you. Call us, or our wine list is online, so you can see what we have and we're going to be bringing in some new products. So, we can keep it going with the wine to make you happy," said Rhonda Wyatt.
Right now, Marche Bacchus is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and they're offering free delivery to anyone who spends at least $50 and lives within 10 miles of their location in the Desert Shores neighborhood of Las Vegas.
And for Easter Sunday, Marche Bacchus is planning to briefly re-open the kitchen. They're going to offer a three-course dinner for two with Caesar salad, your choice of cedar plank Scottish salmon or stuffed pork loin, and bread pudding for dessert, but you have to order by this Thursday at 3 p.m. To order wine, cheese & charcuterie platters to-go, or the 3-course Easter dinner, call (702) 804-8008 or click this link for more information.