New owners plan facelift for Biltoki
Luc Gerber, owner of Luciano’s on Silver Street, and Scott Reutner, owner of Mattie’s Bar & Grill on Mountain City Highway, have taken over ownership of the Biltoki Basque Restaurant.
Biltoki, formerly owned by Ramon Zugazaga, will convert into a Spanish Basque tapas concept, Gerber says. The two Elko businessmen formed S+L Restaurant Group and took over Biltoki on June 1. Gerber opened Luciano’s in October of 2010, while Reutner has owned Mattie’s for nearly two decades.
S+L Restaurant Group is formulating a plan to renovate the old Biltoki building, which was constructed in 1963 and was forced to close for a time in April of 2012 due to extensive rotting of the floor caused by a leaking water pipe. Gerber says renovation efforts will focus on installing an air conditioning system, new lighting and flooring, and paint throughout the structure.
“It is an older building,” he says. “It just needs a little bit of a facelift.”
Per the agreement, Caesars will continue to operate Harrah’s for the first half of 2020 before it’s redeveloped into a non-gaming hotel and mixed-use development.