Someone I know on the Las Vegas message board is at Rio now, and posted a sign inside the hotel, showing which on-site restaurants are open and which are closed. The situation is not amazing. I went to the CET/Rio website, and this is the current information.
Voodoo Steak at Rio: Thursday 5pm - 10pm/ Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm/ Sunday 5pm - 10pm
Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho: Temporarily Closed
Kang’s Kitchen: Wednesday - Sunday 4pm - 12am
Hash House A Go Go : Saturday - Sunday 7am - 12pm
All-American Bar & Grille: Friday - Sundayn6am - 10pm
Wine Cellar & Tasting Room: Temporarily Closed
Pho Da Nang Vietnamese Kitchen: Friday - Sunday10am - 10pm
KJ Dim Sum & Seafood: Daily10am - 10pm
Royal India Bistro: Temporarily Closed
Sports Deli at the Rio: Thursday2pm - 10pm/ Friday - Sunday24 hours
Smashburger at the Rio: Monday - Thursday 4pm - 10pm/ Friday - Saturday9am - 2am/ Sunday9am - 10pm
Room Service (All American Bar & Grille): Available Monday - Thursday from 8am - 9:30pm/ Friday-Saturday from 7am - 10:30pm/ Sunday from 7am - 9:30pm for delivery and pick up.
This post is NOT a criticism of the efforts of IPMS Las Vegas. In fact, I am a huge cheerleader of their efforts on Social Media. This convention will be epic. I am posting this to give all of you information on what the in-house dining situation is, currently. Maybe it'll change in the next three weeks. However, I want to point out that Eldorado Group has bought out Caesar's Entertainment, and is currently choking off the blood flow to maximize profits. I believe that is why there are limited hours to most of the restaurants in-house, and the closure of others (there may be contractural disputes with Guy Fierier and whomever owns the Indian joint). Who knows? Hilton is taking over in 2-3 years, and I predict this will be how it is until then.
My wife and I are planning on going to breakfast every morning off-site, and getting sandwiches to go for lunch. The in-room fridge will keep them fresh. One day we'll order a pie from Good Pie, and that'll be 2 days of lunch. We have dinner reservations every night except when we arrive on the 17th, but we'll manage (In-N-Out maybe?)
My concerns are, with limited hours of operation, Las Vegas being "back" (it is), and the Rio hosting our convention, trying to get into these places when they're open is going to be a nightmare. Imagine waiting 2+ hours for HHAGG to get your Sage Fried Chicken. I was in the Vendor Room buying your Holy Grail kit while you were inline. I'm not exaggerating. I keep my finger on the pulse of LV 24/7/365. If reservations are accepted, make them.
Again, these are just suggestions for you. I know some of you will hardly leave Rio, as you'll be enjoying every minute of the biggest, record-breaking convention IPMS has ever seen.
But, you gotta eat.