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Eureka! has debuted in the Emergency Arts Building within the Fremont East District in downtown Las Vegas. The 23rd location in the Eureka Restaurant Group’s collection and the first in Nevada, the restaurant offers seating for 170 diners, an outdoor patio and a space filled with industrial and modern touches. The menu features American classics and all-natural Angus burgers matched with an all-American beverage program with 40 craft beer taps, more than 40 American whiskeys and classic cocktails. Menu highlights include Polish sausage corn dogs; a bone marrow burger with bone marrow shiitake butter, charbroiled onion and horseradish mustard aïoli; skirt steak with grilled broccolini, red chimichurri, chili flakes and Parmesan; and bourbon barrel cake with pecans, caramel and vanilla bean ice cream. Eureka!, Emergency Arts Building, 520 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-570-3660.
Flock & Fowl, a popular eatery by Sheridan Su and Jenny Wong known for its “perfect plate of chicken rice,” has opened its second Las Vegas location. Situated on the ground floor at The Ogden, a 21-story high-rise downtown, in the space formerly occupied by Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whisky, the new 2,500-square-foot spot features an expanded menu and longer hours. In addition to its staple Hainanese chicken rice with house-made chili sauce, dishes include kaya toast with Southeast Asian coconut egg jam, curry laksa coconut noodle soup with prawns and chicken, broccoli and quinoa salad, and black cod with Thai corn chowder, confit potatoes and truffle oil. The new eatery is open Sun.-Thur. from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and till midnight on Friday and Saturday. The original location on W. Sahara is closed for renovation until late February. Flock & Fowl, The Ogden, 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-983-4880.
Pronto by Giada has opened at Caesars Palace Chef, author and TV personality Giada De Laurentiis has opened her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace. It is her second eatery on the Vegas Strip, joining Giada across the street at The Cromwell. It is located in the former Payard Patisserie & Bistro space adjacent to Bacchanal Buffet and MR CHOW and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Expect pastries, sandwiches, made-to-order smoothies, paninis, salads, antipasti, formaggi and salumi platters, gelato, sorbetto, cookies, cakes, an extensive coffee program, wine on tap and cocktails. Pronto by Giada, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Chef-TV personality Gordon Ramsay has opened Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas Chef-TV personality Gordon Ramsay has opened his Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace. The restaurant is Ramsay’s fifth in Las Vegas, all of which are located in Caesars Entertainment properties. At the centerpiece of the setting is the kitchen, and it is visible from every seat in the dining room. The newcomer accommodates nearly 300 guests indoors and on a Strip-adjacent patio. A daily themed lunch, dinner and bar menu comprise Hell’s Kitchen cast/chef recipes and dishes featured on the show, including many of Ramsay’s signature creations. Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7373.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer has opened at The Venetian, in the former home of B&B Burger & Beer near the poker room and sports book. Black Tap spent an estimated $3 million in construction costs, and the décor features retro neon graphics, such as boomboxes, cassette tapes and old-style cameras, along with subway tile walls. The word “Shake” has been inlaid in a custom-designed mosaic floor. The menu is highlighted by nine craft burgers, such as The Mexico City burger with a prime burger, pepperjack cheese, pickled jalapeños and crispy onion ring; and The Greg Norman with Wagyu beef, house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula. The restaurant also features the CrazyShake Bar, where customers can watch employees mix up one of the eight shake creations, such as Cotton Candy, a strawberry shake with a blue and pink pearl chocolate rim, a pink lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream and cotton candy. Lunch & Dinner daily. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-2337.
Palms Casino Resort has opened A.Y.C.E. (All You Can Eat) Buffet. The design features communal tables, checkered stained-glass windows and plaid carpets. Seven food stations are based on cooking methods: The Greenery with fruits, seasonal salads and Italian antipasto; The Hearth centered around a brick oven creating casseroles, cedar plank salmon and pizzas; The Roastery with a 900-degree grill churning out oxtail poutine, grilled calamari steaks and quesadillas; The World Pan with preparation done on a wok, with paella, bao buns and gumbo; Smoke & Fire with smoky nuance added to bourbon-glazed ham, barbeque ribs and smoked brisket Benedict; The Revival focusing on healthy foods and vegan and vegetarian cuisine with fresh pressed juices, crispy eggplant “bacon” and quinoa grits; and Sweet & Light with fruit cobblers, freshly baked cookies, croissants and a gelato bar. A.Y.C.E. is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a Bottomless Mimosa Brunch on Sundays. A.Y.C.E. Buffet, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-7777, 866-942-7777.
North Italia, Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Italian restaurant, is now open at Rampart Commons. The first location in Nevada, the 6,970-square-foot Italian taverna offers an open and airy atmosphere with modern design elements such as its signature exhibition kitchen with a red hood overlooking the dining room and seating for up to 254 guests, including a spacious outdoor patio with seating for 95. The menu features signature dishes such as prosciutto bruschetta with crescenza cheese, burrata tortelloni with roasted mushroom, red wine-glazed short rib with creamy mascarpone polenta, and The Pig pizza with spicy pepperoni, soppressata and Italian sausage. North Italia’s cocktail, wine and beer list features local breweries Tenaya Creek, Joseph James and CraftHaus. The new Summerlin outpost is the 12th North Italia in the U.S. with other branches in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas and Texas. North Italia, Rampart Commons, 1069 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-507-0927.
Chef, author and restaurateur Scott Conant has debuted his Masso Osteria Chef, author and restaurateur Scott Conant has debuted his Masso Osteria Italian eatery inside Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa. It opened in the space most recently occupied by Salute Trattoria Italiana. The restaurant’s name means “boulder” in Italian, chosen to reflect the rocky desert landscape that surrounds the city. Masso Osteria adds to Conant’s growing restaurant empire, which includes New York’s Fusco, The Ponte in Los Angeles and Mora Italian in Phoenix. Masso Osteria, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-797-7097.
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has debuted Café Hollywood, as the hotel marks its 10-year anniversary. Located on the main casino floor, the 5,500-square-foot restaurant focuses on all things Hollywood, with a photo gallery and multimedia celebration featuring highlights of Planet Hollywood’s 25-year history and of entertainment moments interspersed among the video content broadcast on the Café’s 35 monitors. The menu includes cinnamon roll french toast, poke nachos, a grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich and pork belly ramen. The wine bar and lounge offers more than 40 different wine varietals, 24 of them by the glass, as well as a full bar and small plates. A full array of breakfast goodies, coffee drinks, gelato and decadent desserts is available at a pastry shop. Café Hollywood, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-732-1222.
Osteria Costa has debuted at The Mirage in the former space of Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, which closed August 31. The new Italian eatery replaces Portofino, which closed around the beginning of the new year. The design exudes the Amalfi Coast, and the colors of seaside blues and greens dotted by lush greenery and light wood furnishings convey an Italian coastal theme. The dining room has a canopy of linen and chandeliers that look like umbrellas. Expect a menu of Neapolitan pizzas, handmade pastas, fresh seafood and house-baked bread; the bar program features house-made limoncello, cocktails and wines by the glass. Osteria Costa, The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-692-8482, 800-627-6667.
Spago will relocate across the street to the Bellagio Wolfgang Puck’s Spago is recognized by many for igniting Las Vegas’s dining scene when it debuted at Caesars Palace in 1992. Now it has been announced it will close on January 27 and will be relocating across the street to the Bellagio, opening in summer 2018, replacing Todd English’s Olives, which closed January 13. The new venue will feature an open-air patio, brass fixtures, smoked-oak wood floors, modern art pieces, a neon light fixture and floor-to-ceiling glass windows providing views of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio. The globally-influenced seasonal fare will include Puck’s signature touches, such as gourmet pizzas topped with salmon and caviar, a multi-course California tasting menu, special bar menu of Wolfgang Puck favorites, an artisanal cocktail program and extensive international wine list. Spago, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-369-6300.

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Ferraro’s Serving Late-Night Prix-Fixe
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is now offering a late-night Mezzanotte prix-fixe menu of small plates served from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the lounge and on its al fresco patio. Priced at $25 per person and available for dine-in, pick up or delivery, the four-course menu includes a choice of fried quail lollipop, burrata cheese, classic Caesar salad, pasta e fagioli soup, fettuccine or spaghetti; main course of seared five-oz. chicken breast, grilled five-oz. salmon or tripe in a spicy tomato broth; and dessert of tiramisu cannoli duo. In addition, wines are 50 percent off (excluding red-marked collections) and specialty drinks and à la carte dishes on the Mezzanotte menu are all offered at 25 percent off the regular price. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300.
Park on Fremont Offering Bourbon Flights
Park on Fremont in the Fremont East District in downtown Las Vegas has introduced a specialty menu of bourbon flights. The menu features three flights, each selected based on aroma, palate and finish and consisting of three one-ounce pours of varying bourbons. The first flight tier includes Angels Envy, Woodford Reserve and Basil Hayden, priced at $32; the second small-batch flight includes Four Roses, 1792 and Col. E.H. Taylor, priced at $29; and the final rye flight includes Bulleit 95 Rye, High West Double Rye! and Templeton Rye, priced at $27. Park on Fremont, Fremont East Art District, 506 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-834-3160.
Bazaar Meat Offering Truffle Tasting Menu
Throughout February, Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres at SLS Las Vegas will offer a truffle tasting menu featuring a 12-course tasting of dishes complemented by black truffles. Priced at $150 per person, courses will include dishes such as pan con tomate—Catalan-style toasted pan de cristal with fresh tomato and shaved truffle; black truffle barquillo made with chestnut, celery and mascarpone cheese; Vittore 1950 made with a tenderloin of Washugyu beef, black pepper, parmesan and croutons; and truffled Shabu Shabu de Toro—thinly-sliced bull sirloin poached tableside in jamón and truffle broth with Honshimiji mushrooms. In addition, guests may request truffle shavings on any dish for an additional charge of $25 per two grams, or $50 per four grams. The full truffle tasting menu is available for view online. Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 855-761-7757.
Hakkasan Celebrates Chinese New Year 2018
In celebration of Chinese New Year, Hakkasan at MGM Grand will offer a signature menu using ingredients believed to bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year. Available from January 29 to February 28 and priced at $118 per person, the menu includes small eats of Szechuan oyster with lotus root and crispy rice in mantau; braised beef tongue with caramelized walnut, asparagus and mint; and crispy scallop in sweet plum sauce with mango. Main dishes are baked Chilean sea bass with kumquat glaze, abalone fried rice in bean curd wrap with Chinese sausage and shiitake mushroom, wok-fry lobster with edamame and caviar and Rhug Estate organic lamb in seaweed soy with celery and enoki mushroom. Dessert is Golden Fortune with ginger caramel, roasted macadamia nuts and lemongrass. Guests will be invited to write their wishes on red ribbons that will be hung around the restaurant. Hakkasan, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7888.
Still Time to Experience Grimaldi’s Winter Menu
Grimaldi’s is offering its winter menu through the end of February. On the seasonal menu are rosemary potato pizza, a classic white topped with thinly sliced rosemary potatoes and diced pancetta; spinach pecan salad with dried cherries, red onions and crumbled goat cheese tossed in house dressing; and two made-from-scratch cheesecake offerings: Reese’s peanut butter cup and butterscotch toffee. Complementing the fare are the Cherry Pie Three Vineyards Pinot Noir, a 100 percent Pinot Noir varietal selected from Monterey County, Sonoma Coast and Santa Barbara County; an Italian “75” cocktail with Square One Bergamot Vodka, blood orange purée and lemon juice topped with La Marca Prosecco; and a “Mocha” Martini with Chopin Vodka, Dorda Chocolate Liqueur, Galliano Ristretto and half & half. Grimaldi’s has five Southern Nevada locations: in Henderson at Eastern and Richmar, inside The Palazzo, in the Fashion Show Mall, on South Rainbow and in the Boca Fashion Village. Grimaldi’s, Boca Park, 750 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-479-1351.
Hamptons Hosting Weekly Wine Therapy Wednesdays
Hamptons at Tivoli Village is hosting Wine Therapy Wednesdays with wine and food specials available all day long. Offered are $5 by-the-glass mimosas, sangrías and select wines; and $20 bottles, which includes the option to purchase bruschetta for an additional $5 and wine board with assorted meats and cheeses with honeycomb, nuts, pickled vegetables, grain mustard and dried fruit for an additional $10. Hamptons, Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-916-1482.
Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak Serving Sunday Roast Tasting Menu
Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage is serving a Sunday dinner roast tasting menu priced at $85 per person. Served weekly, the dinner includes Tuscan kale salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, breaded egg, feta and pickled shallot; “English cut” roast sirloin strip with Yorkshire pudding and smoked beef jus; sides of Grandma’s mushroom ‘slaw,’ sweet potato balsamic onion rosti and Heritage corn casserole; and dessert of ice cream social: vanilla bar, ice cream, chocolate dipping sauce and classic toppings. A wine pairing is available for an additional $35 per person. Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak, The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-7330.
“Taste of Bellagio” Debuts at The Buffet
The Buffet Bellagio has introduced “Taste of Bellagio”: four stations with signature menu items from the resort’s culinary collection (included in The Buffet’s lunch and dinner service pricing). Participating restaurants and signature dishes will rotate seasonally, with the current line-up including Lago by Julian Serrano’s malloreddus pasta with pork sausage; Harvest by Roy Ellamar’s chopped spinach salad with Blue Lizard Farm’s bloomsdale spinach, bacon, blue cheese, asparagus and tomato vinaigrette; Noodles’ chicken pad Thai with flat rice noodles, chicken, egg, peanuts, bean sprouts and onions; and Todd English’s Olives’ Tuscan farmhouse flatbread with shaved Smithfield ham, asparagus and caramelized onions. In addition, added to the buffet are gourmet selections including hot snow crab and Dungeness crab, and a caviar station available during dinner service. The Buffet Bellagio, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8111.
Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar Offering Free Parking on the Strip
Free parking on the Las Vegas Strip was once a given but in the past few years it has become more of a rarity than the norm. Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, situated in The LINQ Promenade on the Vegas Strip, is now offering up to two hours of complimentary self-parking in The LINQ Promenade surface lot located east of the High Roller when guests present their ticket for validation after dining. Chayo is open daily for breakfast at 8 a.m. Lunch and dinner are served Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from noon to late night. Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, The LINQ, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Ste. 4, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-691-3773.


Scott Simon has been appointed executive chef at Carson Kitchen, replacing John Courtney, who reportedly left on amicable terms. Scott is the brother of the late Kerry Simon, who opened the restaurant and passed away in 2015 after battling multiple system atrophy. A native of Chicago, Scott worked with his brother in Miami and South Beach, and moved to Las Vegas in 2002 and worked alongside Kerry at Simon Kitchen and Bar at the Hard Rock, Cathouse at the Luxor and the Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place, and also consulted on other projects with Kerry such as Simon Kitchen + Bar in Palm Springs and Simon Mansion in Punta Cana. In 2013 Scott returned to his hometown to open Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen in the Chicago Hard Rock Hotel, where he was executive chef until its recent closure as part of the hotel’s rebranding. Carson Kitchen, John E. Carson Building, 124 6th St., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-473-9523.
Some switcheroos are taking place at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas. After The Country Club closes on January 14 in preparation for the resort’s construction of its $1.5 billion 140-acre Paradise Park manmade lagoon and water sports facility, executive chef Rene Lenger will move over to take the same position at Tableau. David Middleton will leave his executive chef role at Tableau to take on the chef de cuisine title at Lakeside under David Walzog. Over on the Encore side of the resort, Theo Schoenegger, who had helmed Sinatra for the past eight years, departed after December 1 and handed the reins over to Luke Palladino, the former executive chef of Salute Trattoria Italiana at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, which closed in early December. It has not been announced where Schoenegger is headed next. Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.


Asian-themed Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, after recently celebrating its one-year anniversary, has temporarily closed its gaming and all but one of its restaurants. According to a statement from Lucky Dragon public relations, the resort “is beginning the process of repositioning and, in doing so, will have a reduction in staff while it temporarily closes all gaming and restaurant operations.” The statement also indicated the restaurants will reopen within six months and the hotel and gift shop remain open. Also remaining open is its lone eatery, Cha Garden, which will feature a full bar at night and an expanded food menu. The closure includes Dragon’s Alley, Pearl Ocean, Phoenix and Bao Now.
Alizé at the Top of the Palms closed at the end of 2017 After 16 years at Palms, Alizé at the Top of the Palms, the French restaurant founded by chef André Rochat, closed after service on New Year’s Eve. Rochat’s Andre’s at the Monte Carlo closed in October of 2016 as part of the resort’s transition into Park MGM and to make way for Eataly. Andre’s Bistro & Bar at Fort Apache Rd. and Patrick Ln. will remain open. Alizé at the Top of the Palms, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, no phone.
Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10 at the Grand Canal Shoppes within The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino closed after service on New Year’s Eve, as the restaurant opted not to resign its lease. Lagasse opened the restaurant in 2007 when The Palazzo opened and named it for the table where he did most of his business when he was planning his first restaurant in New Orleans. Lagasse still has three restaurants in Las Vegas: Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian; Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo; and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The Palazzo has not yet announced a replacement for Table 10. Table 10, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
After being open since 1998, the classic steak and seafood restaurant McCormick & Schmick’s at Hughes Center closed unexpectedly on September 23 and within days was transitioned to a Claim Jumper by Landry’s Inc., owner of both restaurants. Now only three months later, this new Claim Jumper has shuttered. Three of the family-friendly casual concept chain restaurants remain open in Southern Nevada: one on the westside at 1100 S. Fort Apache Road; in Henderson at 601 N. Green Valley Parkway; and the 24-hour location inside the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas. Claim Jumper, The Row at Hughes Center, 335 Hughes Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89169, no phone.
It was announced in October that Todd English’s Olives at Bellagio would be closing in 2018 and replaced by Spago, as the Wolfgang Puck restaurant relocates from Forum Shops at Caesars. Now the ax is also falling on Todd English P.U.B., located at CityCenter’s Crystals retail and entertainment district across from the Aria Resort & Casino entrance. The restaurant’s lease is expiring and MGM Resorts International has stated it will not be renewing it. The gastropub, which has been open since March of 2010, will close on Dec. 16 and reopen on Dec. 22 as The Pub. The new iteration will be owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. Todd English P.U.B., CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-489-8080.

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