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'Sorry We're Closed' looks at restaurant survival, closures during pandemic

The restaurant business isn’t what it used to be, and the last two years of the pandemic took a slice out of already low profit margins.  

That’s led many restaurants to shut their doors permanently, including in Las Vegas. There were big Strip dining rooms like Rao’s at Caesars in late 2021. And small, local favorites like Pamplemousse closed at the end of 2020, after 44 years in business. 

A new documentary takes a close look at problems in the restaurant industry and gives some solutions. 

Celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner recently screened her film, “Sorry We’re Closed,” at Caesars Forum. State of Nevada producer Lorraine Blanco Moss got an advanced look at the documentary and spoke with Falkner. 

Elizabeth Falkner, chef and filmmaker 

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Lorraine Blanco Moss is the host of KNPR's award-winning Asian American Pacific Islander podcast, Exit Spring Mountain. She's also a former producer for State of Nevada, specializing in food and hospitality, women's issues, and sports.