Local restaurants battle supply chain shortage

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Supply shortages could force your favorite restaurant to change its menu. Some restaurants are scrambling for substitute items, while others are marking dishes as unavailable.

Las Vegas has such a huge foodie scene that it’s hard to imagine many menu items not being available, but restaurants like Lola’s Authentic Cajun Restaurant in Summerlin still try to do everything they can to satisfy their clients. Their kitchen staff are struggling without being able to use their key ingredients.

“I dream of a lot of things, but it’s not one I ever imagined,” said Lola owner Lola Pokorny.

Many signature Lola’s dishes call for special ingredients sourced directly from Louisiana, such as andouille sausage and Leidenheimer bread. The restaurant just received a shipment of the popular bread, but for a very long time they had to do without it, and the problem now is that they don’t know when the next delivery will arrive.

“You go to a restaurant to get that favorite dish and it’s not available, it’s so disappointing, and I don’t want to disappoint my guests,” the owner said.

Due to the shortage, Pokorny is trying to see if local bakers can do the work and help supply the dish.

“He was a good substitute, but nothing will ever be like Leidenheimer,” explained the owner.

Some reasons for the supply shortage have to do with pandemic-related worker shortages and recent hurricanes in Louisiana, which caused delivery issues.

At some Wolfgang Puck restaurants, lamb chops may also be removed from their menus.

“We don’t want to keep raising prices, we’re trying to limit the blow ourselves and try not to pass the increase on to customers,” chief purchasing officer Scott Irestone said.

These restaurants are doing their best to adapt to the endless surprises this pandemic has brought. At Lola, the owner said she would give herself four weeks to see if the supply issues are resolved. If not, she said she would take action and start making the sausage she lacks in-house.

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