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Aloha Specialties question

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by surf87, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. surf87

    surf87 Low-Roller

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    I'll be staying at the Cal in Oct with someone who has 4 free nights (sapphire member) along with two $20 dining vouchers for $40 in total of dining vouchers. My question is would we be able to use those vouchers at Aloha Specialties. I seemed to recall in the past we were denied use of those vouchers at Aloha Specialties. I believe on the voucher itself it specifies good at for instances, Triple 7 Bar & Grill, Market Street Café, Noodle House, etc, but it didn't specify Aloha Specialties. Does someone know if the voucher will be good at Aloha Specialties?
     
  2. surf87

    surf87 Low-Roller

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    Yes, can not use any points or coupons.
    Had to pay cash, but well worth it IMO.
     
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  4. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Yeah, that yelp pic is pretty accurate. Aloha Specialties is not a Boyd owned property so the food vouchers won't work there. The Aloha Coupon book doesn't work there either.

    That's too bad. They (Aloha Specialties) should try to work something out with Boyd. After all, the idea is to keep the customers in the casino in hopes that they spend most of their gambling dollars there. And Boyd would appreciate the fact that even though the customer didn't eat at a Boyd restaurant at least they didn't leave the casino!

    I distinctly remember this a few years ago. We were waiting in line at Aloha Specialties and the place was a madhouse they were so busy. All of a sudden a California Hotel pit boss escorted a lady to the front of the line and ordered something then signed something with the cashier. He then mentioned to the lady something like "all have been taken care of" and the lady thanked him and he left. Obviously a comp with a valued customer that insisted on Aloha Specialties.

    So I guess it is possible even though it is not a normal thing. My guess is if you are that valuable the pit bosses will do anything you want, as long as you gamble with them.

    Maybe you might be able to do the same? Anything's possible! Good Luck and have a Great Trip!!
     
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  5. surf87

    surf87 Low-Roller

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    As a ruby card holder, I can only dream about those situations Electroguy (lol).
     
  6. makikiboy

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    The problem is that there are many other non Boyd eateries so the next issue would be why don't those eateries also honor the food coupons. Fremont has Tony Romas and that other restaurant. Cal has the Redwood Grille. Orleans and Sam's have TGIF. What if people want McD's at Sam's Town to honor the coupons? Sorry, just giving examples.

    I think Aloha Specialties doesn't want to bother with accounting and trying to get $$ from Boyd for the coupons. They handle their own accounting so someone (being paid by aloha specialties) will need to count all those coupons, figure out which dollar amount for the coupon (since breakfast, lunch and dinner all have a different dollar amount) and then add them all up to send the bill to Boyd. Not a big problem but I don't think Aloha Specialties wants to bother about that extra step.

    As for keeping the customers in the casino, that is obviously not on the minds for Boyd, especially when they got rid of that snack bar at the Cal. Too bad, I would always go there to grab a quick bite to eat but nowadays I go elsewhere for my quick bites. I mean who the heck would build a sportsbook but get rid of the snack bar? Wouldn't they work well, people watching the games would order from the snack bar and stay longer? Sorry, just ranting but I don't understand Boyd getting rid of an eatery that was popular with the Hawaii crowd.
     
  7. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I don't understand it either. I know lots of Hawaii people are pissed. That place made a mean Hamburger Steak plate!:drooling:
     
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  8. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

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    Yup, loved the hamburger steak plate. It was perfect for me, not too filling and it had one scoop rice and 1 scoop mac so I never worried about overeating that plate. I also loved the fried chicken wings too, those were good. :thumbsdown:
     
  9. Hundley Fan

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    This was years ago, but my parents would use their Aloha Coupon books at the Tony Romas in Fremont. We would always go there the first night I got to town. They treated the coupons the same way they are handled at Paradise Cafe, located behind the buffet. Non-coupon items were covered only up to the value of the coupon, and they would take only one coupon per book. I've also used the food voucher from Fremont's monthly offer at Tony Romas. Again, though, the last time was a while ago.