Dou­ble the fun at Las Ve­gas Sports Bar

The Star (Jamaica) - - FEATURE -

When you first spot Donna and Diana Robin­son, it’s pretty clear they share DNA.

The twins are the own­ers of Las Ve­gas Sports Bar, lo­cated along Pas­sage Fort Drive in Port­more.

The spot is a fa­mous one, as their par­ents opened the bar years ago in the Sun­shine City.

And it’s also where the twins have called home all their lives.

It was a hum­ble struc­ture back then, as cus­tomers say they’ve moved from ‘board to con­crete’. But the Robin­son women have added their touch to it over the years.

“This place deh yah from we a tod­dler. We born here, raise here, live here,” said Donna.

“We have never left from here. Just on va­ca­tion and back,” Diana chimes in.

The sis­ters took over full own­er­ship some­time around 2003, and have taken the drink spot to an­other level.

“While our par­ents had it, we would help around as chil­dren. So we got into it and see say busi­ness can gwaan,” said Donna. “So we used to it, and we can man­age on our own. So we just keep the ball rolling.”

They share the day-to-day du­ties, in­clud­ing serv­ing be­hind the counter some­times.

GROW­ING WITH CUS­TOMERS

“We used to them (cus­tomers), grow with them and they want us to sell them,” said Donna.

Diana laughs: “They wouldn’t mind if we deh yah all the time.”

“Yuh have many bars just on this stretch of road. But we have the num­ber one bar,” said Donna con­fi­dently. “We have good cus­tomer ser­vice, we treat di cus­tomers dem quite fine. Peo­ple love di twin dem.”

The fa­mous US city from which the bar gets its name is known as a place for high rollers.

But this Las Ve­gas is very much for the ‘reg­u­lar’ folks, some­thing that the sis­ters cater to.

Other than Wray & Nephew brand­ing, the walls are plas­tered with posters of events hap­pen­ing all over the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“We host round robins, birth­days, any­thing. If one of our cus­tomers is hav­ing their birth­day, Las Ve­gas it is,” said Donna. “We al­ways have some­thing hap­pen­ing, and you know that’s how peo­ple get to know the place too.”

They joke that if there’s no rum, it makes no sense to open for the day. But that never hap­pens.

Week­ends are lively, as they host a small cook­out and en­ter­tain with their own lit­tle sound sys­tem.

There are plans to take the busi­ness higher, lit­er­ally, by build­ing on the bar and adding a sort of ‘mini mall’.

So, ei­ther way, Las Ve­gas will still be the place to be.

Twins Diana (left) and Donna Robin­son take a pic­ture with their bub­bly bar­maid, Subrena Schooler.

KENYON HEMANS PHO­TOS

Bar­maid Subrena Schooler mixes up a glass of Rumpari for a cus­tomer.

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