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Walk-in service and new extended hours will be launching this spring at Le Umu Las Vegas.
Le Umu Las Vegas owner Ferina Pelupelu told What Now Vegas there is a need for Samoan food in town, and now is the time to offer walk-in service and open the restaurant throughout the week.
Le Umu Las Vegas first began offering Samoan food in the Las Vegas area back in the early 2000s when Pelupelu’s church, pastored by her father, opened the restaurant. After he retired, the restaurant closed its doors. Pelupelu and her husband reopened the restaurant in 2020 to serve customers pre-order dishes on Saturdays from a shared kitchen.
Now Pelupelu plans to open Le Umu Las Vegas to the public during weekdays at the end of March or early April at a new spot at 2987 North Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 13, North Las Vegas, NV 89030.
Some menu favorites are the meat pies, the pagipopo, which is a coconut sweet base with sweet rolls, and palusami, which includes taro leaf imported from the islands. Other menu items include mutton, corned beef, and brisket.
No indoor dining will be offered. Pelupelu said Le Umu Las Vegas will be buffet style and compared the concept to Chipotle’s format. “You go in, you pick your items, you grab your plate.” She hopes to expand to include indoor seating in the future.
Pelupelu plans to retire from her current job at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to focus and dedicate her time to the restaurant. “This is my passion and just providing for the Polynesian community, that community is growing in town, and I feel like there is a need for that service,” she said.
“Our main goal and mission for the restaurant is just to be of service to the community. There’s so many ideas that I have to venture out to meet the other needs of authentic Samoan food here.”