Operator Profile: The Triple Play Casino, Restaurant and Lounge
Jim Egloff went from the forest to the frying pan — and that's just the way he wanted it. Egloff earned a degree in forestry from Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York where he grew up but was lured out of the trees and into the kitchen. Today he's executive chef at The Triple Play, a popular casino and restaurant in the heart of Las Vegas.
“I worked in restaurants all through high school and college, starting as a dishwasher and working my way up,” Egloff said. “I moved to Las Vegas in 1977, stayed in the restaurant business and became The Triple Play’s first chef when it opened in 1986. I’m still interested in forestry, nature and the environment, but I enjoy the satisfaction I get from serving good meals to people.”
The name The Triple Play stands for the three friends and former craps dealers who built the casino and restaurant. The goal was to create a friendly neighborhood place away from the Las Vegas strip where locals could get together with friends to eat, drink and gamble. The Triple Play is open 24 hours with a dining room that seats nearly 100 and 35 video poker machines in the casino/lounge area.
In addition to cooking three days a week, Egloff handles accounting, purchasing and human resources. Most of his kitchen and bar staff has worked there for more than 10 years.
“One of the things we have always prided ourselves on is providing great quality food and large portions at a fair price,” Egloff said. “Our signature item is the Philly Cheesesteak, which has a half pound of meat and is served on a 10-inch roll. Our food has won a few awards and The Triple Play has become known as a ‘hidden gem’ over the years.
“We turn the dining room over a couple of times during lunch and have a pretty steady flow of regulars coming in at all hours,” he added. “The combination of great food and games brings people in and keeps them coming back. Plus, we’re a much better value than any of the independent and chain restaurants in the area.”
Egloff said the meat in their Philly Cheesesteak comes from US Foods, and he recently began using new Metro Deli™ ham and roast beef in several menu items.
“The ham is head and shoulders above what we were using,” he said. “Customers noticed the improvement in flavor right away and said, ‘Wow, what’s this? Is this new ham?’ And the roast beef is always consistent and makes a great French Dip.”
Egloff also created a special buffalo chicken sandwich using Patuxent Farms® Chicken Breast Filet Fritters with hot sauce and melted Glenview Farms® Blue Marble Jack Cheese on the new Chef’s Line™ 9-Grain Sprouted Bun. “It’s fresh, it’s good, it’s convenient for us and it’s been very popular,” he said.
The Triple Play has been a US Foods customer for nearly 20 years.
“I like the service and products I get from my rep Tom Naccarato,” Egloff said. “He believes a strong, one-on-one relationship is what helps build the business for both of us — and I agree. It’s working out really well. Tom and US Foods have become a big part of why our business is growing.”
The Triple Play Casino, Restaurant and Lounge
1875 South Decatur Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102