In support of the community during the coronavirus pandemic, UnCommons, a first-of-its-kind community coming to southwest Las Vegas being developed by Matter Real Estate Group, and Las Vegas-based Burke Construction Group have delivered nearly 4,000 free upscale dinners to local night shift healthcare workers.
Deliveries were sent to every night shift employee at all 14 hospitals in the Las Vegas Valley over 12 days to show their appreciation for the community’s first responders, as well as to support local restaurants.
From Tuesday, April 14 through Saturday, April 25, 3,742 meals were delivered to local hospitals including Sunrise Hospital, Desert Springs Hospital, St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s San Martin and Siena Campuses, Southern Hills Hospital, Henderson Hospital, Summerlin Hospital, Mountain View Hospital, Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center, North Vista Hospital, Spring Valley Hospital, Valley Hospital Medical Center and University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
The meals were prepared by some of Las Vegas’ favorite restaurants including Piero’s Italian Cuisine, Lotus of Siam, Sushi Kame and dessert from Urth Caffé. Representatives were onsite during the deliveries to show their appreciation.
“This project truly integrated the alignment of an ‘uncommon hero’ and the ethos of the UnCommons community, which is designed to bring people together,” said Matter Real Estate Group Partner Jim Stuart. “When we reached out to local hospital administrators, we discovered that the night shift workers hadn’t received as much attention, so we wanted to make sure that their courageous work was not going unnoticed. It’s been an incredibly inspiring experience to watch everyday citizens suit up and go into harm’s way for the care of others, and it has forever changed our perspective on these healthcare professionals who are on the front line every day.”
“There have been so many people in this community who continue to step up and help, and for an organization like UnCommons, that focuses on the importance of community, we felt that it was only right to give back,” said Kevin Burke, president and CEO of Burke Construction Group and partner of Matter Real Estate Group. “This is not a sprint, this is an endurance race, and each and every day we have to reach out and help those who need it the most during this time.”
“We were so honored to be one of the restaurants chosen to be a part of these donations,” said Evan Glusman of Piero’s Italian Cuisine, an iconic Las Vegas restaurant. “Once we got in the kitchen again, we wanted to work as hard as our Las Vegas healthcare professionals are working in order to give them a great meal.” Piero’s Italian Cuisine, which is closed during the shutdown, reopened its kitchen to prepare meals for healthcare professionals. Piero’s, which opened in 1982 at 355 Convention Center Dr., is a revered Las Vegas institution, known for its authentic Italian cuisine and old school Las Vegas environment.
“Putting smiles on the faces of these brave healthcare professionals was such an amazing feeling and we are so happy that we could show our love and appreciation for them through our food,” said Chef Eric Kim from Sushi Kame, a top Japanese restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurant, which remains open for takeout, took the time to allocate resources to help feed healthcare professionals during this time. Sushi Kame’s celebrated cuisine highlights a diversity of ingredients, preparations, and a range of textures. Located at 3616 West Spring Mountain Rd., orders are available by calling (702) 665-5731.
“We have so much appreciation for our healthcare community. The sacrifices they are making to be able to keep Las Vegas safe is incredible, and we just wanted to be able to thank them for all they do,” said Kenny Okada of Lotus of Siam, a James Beard award-winning restaurant.” Lotus of Siam, also closed during the shutdown, reopened its kitchen to prepare meals for healthcare workers. Serving the award-winning Northern Thai cuisine of Chef Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam has two locations: the original at 953 E. Sahara Ave. and 620 E. Flamingo Rd.
Each meal was accompanied by a piece of Urth Caffé’s signature marbled coffee cake. “We couldn’t be more thankful of every healthcare professional during this time and we hope that our donations made their long day just a little sweeter,” said Shallom Berkman, co-founder of Urth Caffé, a pioneer of exclusively heirloom, organic coffees, fine teas and health conscious cuisine.
The meal donations follow UnCommons’ recent $25,000 donation to the Culinary Workers Union Local 226’s Helping Hand program, which is helping provide food assistance to those in need in Las Vegas, through efforts led by Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft.
The $25,000 donation is part of a $100,000 commitment that Matter has made toward local efforts in the fight against coronavirus. Of that donation, $25,000 went toward the purchase of much needed N95 face masks for healthcare professionals in support of efforts by Governor Steve Sisolak and $25,000 was donated to the Jewish Family Services Agency to provide meals for senior citizens in support of efforts by Naft. The remaining $25,000 donation is earmarked to support additional needs as identified by Sisolak.
UnCommons, a fully financed, first-of-its kind mixed-use development in southwest Las Vegas, will break ground this spring. The $400-million project is designed for the modern workforce’s desire for a workplace that enhances their lives through rich amenities, open space and connectivity. The curated office, retail, restaurant, lifestyle and residential offerings will be complemented by a pedestrian trail and public art, situated on a walkable 40-acre site. The development will include outdoor common spaces, a venue that blends music and movies, a beer garden, a food hall showcasing the best of the local food scene, additional food and beverage spaces, health and fitness studios, a multi-purpose conference center, 500,000+ square feet of modern office space, 830+ urban stylized apartment units and more.