Monday, April 12, 2010 | 11:24 a.m.
B.B. King probably has strings that have been on his guitar longer than Pedro Torres has been part of the team at B.B. King's Blues Club at The Mirage, but the Puerto Rican-born assistant general manager is making his presence felt.
"My job is to make the servers' and bartenders' jobs easier," Torres said. "I'm always running around, cracking jokes or trying to make light of the situation. … I'll tie a rib bone to their apron or put notes on their back to bring that party atmosphere, that culture that we have at all of our other clubs, here to Vegas."
Torres spent three years at the B.B. King's in Orlando, Fla., and six additional months at their new West Palm Beach, Fla., location before moving to Las Vegas a little more than a month ago.
"I grew up mainly on the East Coast — I've never even visited California, I'd never been past Texas. As far as the distance, it was kind of scary. I didn't know what to think about it, but Curtis (Peery), our general manager, said, 'I'm not going to do this if you're not coming with me.'"
So far he loves it, and despite intense competition on the Strip, he's found Las Vegas — and its visitors — loves B.B. King's, too.
"One of our mottos is 'Party people serving party people.' We try to create a party amongst ourselves before we give it to the customer. I've never been in a place where I had so much fun."
— Originally published in Las Vegas Magazine