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MB Steak has opened at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the HRH Tower. The MB in the name stands for “My Brothers” and is a reference to its creators, brothers David and Michael Morton, and pays tribute to the Morton family tradition of steakhouses. The 7,800-square-feet space includes two levels, with the main dining room and bar on the first and a bar, lounge and private dining room on the second, which is framed with windows, which offer views of the Vegas Strip and open up to allow fresh breezes. The menu includes various cuts including an 18-ounce dry-aged bone-in New York strip, along with seafood. MB Steak
Chef Bryce Shuman (NYC’s Betony) is partnering with Sydell Group to open Primrose in fall 2017 at Park MGM. Part of the property’s transformation from Monte Carlo Resort & Casino into Park MGM, the restaurant will be located between the lobby and pool and will highlight a vegetable-forward menu inspired by the South of France, with a focus on open-fire cooking. Martin Brudnizki is designing the venue to evoke a residence. Primrose, Park MGM, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Chef-TV personality Gordon Ramsay will open Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas Chef-TV personality Gordon Ramsay has announced plans to open his Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, set to debut in winter 2017 at Caesars Palace in the space currently occupied by Stripside Café & Bar. The restaurant will be Ramsay’s fifth in Las Vegas, all of which are located in Caesars Entertainment properties. At the centerpiece of the setting will be the kitchen, and it will be visible from every seat in the dining room. The newcomer will accommodate nearly 300 guests indoors and on a Strip-adjacent patio. A daily themed brunch, dinner and bar menu will 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, no phone.
Proof Tavern has opened in the Montelago Village at Lake Las Vegas. The 6,440-square-foot space offers a bar, dining room and patio, and a second floor and bar for private events. The venue is outfitted with 15 video poker machines and marks the return of gaming to Lake Las Vegas, which has not had any gambling options since 2013. The executive chef is Jon Littleton, who was formerly with Mario Batali’s B&B Burger & Beer, B&B Ristorante and Carnevino, and prior to working on the Strip was executive chef of the Black Pepper Grill, in the same building that is now home to Proof Tavern. Littleton describes his menu offerings as “simple food done right” and his kitchen turns out American comfort fare and classic favorites such as fried rock shrimp with Thai chili sauce, Mediterranean-style hummus, crispy pork belly bites with crumbled blue cheese, BLT flatbread and Kansas City-style ribs. Proof Tavern is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Proof Tavern, Montelago Village at Lake Las Vegas, 10 Via Brianza, Ste. 110, Henderson, NV 89011, 702-568-1622.
Chica has opened at The Venetian Las Vegas “Top Chef Masters” chef Lorena Garcia and John Kunkel's team from 50 Eggs have launched The Venetian resort's first Latin concept, Chica, which also marks the first time that a major Strip eatery has featured a Latina head chef. Opened on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, the restaurant is located just off of the casino in the former home of DB Brasserie. No expense was spared to demolish and make over the interior of the space. The new restaurant features a large grill where all the meats are prepared in a variety of ways distinctive to particular nations. Chef Garcia’s dishes are inspired by menus in Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, and include a lentil and quinoa bowl with shrimp, cherry tomato and guayanés cheese; churrasco with herb chimichurri and shoestring fries with a creamy huancaina sauce; and rice pudding topped with dried apricot, candied pineapple and pomegranate rum sauce. Chica, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000.
A new Sugar Factory American Brasserie has opened on the Vegas Strip in the Fashion Show Mall. The two-story dining attraction spans 22,000 square feet and the décor features a floor-to-ceiling candy dot wall; candy bins highlighting more than 500 types of candy; a Moulin Rouge marquee; and on the second level, a "candyland" themed 14-seat horse-drawn carousel surrounded by 5,000 light-up candy flowers, oversize cupcakes, lollipops and animal sculptures that overlook views of the Strip. The menu lists items such as crêpes, salads, monster burgers, milkshakes, pizzas and desserts like the King Kong sundae serving up to 12 people with 24 scoops of ice cream and the “Chocolate Gold” fondue. Drinks include chocolate-based martinis and cocktails. Sugar Factory is open for breakfast, lunch, brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner. Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Ste. 1240, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-685-0483.
Chef James Trees will open Esther's Kitchen, an Italian restaurant named after his great-aunt, in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. This project will be a homecoming for the Las Vegas native, who recently served as executive chef of the Superba restaurants in Los Angeles. Look for Esther's Kitchen to debut in Summer 2017. Esther's Kitchen, 1130 S. Casino Center Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104, no phone.

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Hard Rock Cafe Offering World Burger Tour
Through June 25, 2017, the Hard Rock Cafe in the Showcase Mall on the Las Vegas Strip is offering its World Burger Tour menu, inspired by the taste and flavors from its cafe locations around the world. In May, featured burgers include English Breakfast with sliced ham, sausage and fried egg; Columbian Plantain paired with crispy plantain chips; Louisiana-inspired Jambalaya burger with Cajun mayo and jambalaya rice cake; and Korean-inspired Kimchi burger with Sriracha-seasoned kimchi and bulgogi sauce. Highlighted burgers for June will be the Tennessee BBQ with Memphis slaw, pulled pork and pig sauce; Argentina-inspired Tango Salsa with andouille sausage, salsa criolla and fried egg; Vietnam-inspired Banh Mi coated in tangy house-made Vietnamese glaze; and Spain-inspired Olé with red peppered Romesco sauce and goat cheese crumbles. Each entrée is served with french fries paired with a signature dipping sauce. Hard Rock Cafe, Showcase Mall, 3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 120, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-7625.
BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Honoring Veterans on Memorial Day Weekend
BRAVO! Cucina Italiana will celebrate the second anniversary of its Henderson location Memorial Day weekend by honoring local veterans. On Sunday, May 28, the restaurant will donate $2 from every berry cake dessert purchased to Las Vegas’ own Veterans Care Charity, with funds going toward providing food, clothing and basic needs to veterans as well as to help find jobs and permanent housing. In addition, to honor veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, veterans that dine in and present a valid military ID will eat for free. BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Rd., Ste. 1950, Henderson, NV 89014, 702-433-4352.
d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar Celebrates National Hamburger Month
In celebration of National Hamburger Month, d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino will offer an Italian Burgerfest menu from May 2-28. Executive chef Martin Garcia has created five gourmet burgers using authentic Italian ingredients and made with naturally certified Angus beef with no added antibiotics. The menu includes a caprese burger with tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, dried oregano and balsamic reduction ($16); Marsala burger with wild rocket arugula, Gorgonzola, San Daniele prosciutto, wild mushroom and Marsala sauce ($17); veggie burger with grilled portobello, eggplant, zucchini, baby spinach, smoked mozzarella, oven-roasted tomato and lemon aïoli ($14); ala parmigiana burger with Roma tomato concasse, provolone and fresh basil ($16); and spicy burger with spicy Italian sausage, Taleggio cheese, caramelized onions, roasted peppers and calabrese sauce ($17). d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7966.
Costa di Mare Brings “A Night at the James Beard House” Menu to Las Vegas
Costa di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas is offering executive chef Mark LoRusso’s menu that was showcased recently at the James Beard House in New York. Served nightly and priced at $195 per person, the tasting includes sea urchin mousse with olive oil and chives; crudo tasting of cuttlefish “cappellini,” with prawns, Sicilian amberjack and palomita; butter-poached imperial langoustine with spring peas; grilled octopus with crispy potatoes, olive oil-poached fennel and olives; Sardinian red mullet, bottarga and risotto with mussels; and line-caught Mediterranean turbot with butter-poached leeks and Osetra caviar. An optional wine pairing is available for an additional $110. Costa di Mare, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-3305.
Jean-Georges Steakhouse to Remodel
MGM Resorts International has announced that Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria Resort & Casino will close after service on Monday, May 29, 2017, for a remodel. During the closure, steakhouse menu offerings will be available at Aria restaurants BARDOT Brasserie, Carbone and Sage. Details on the remodel will be available in the coming months and Jean-Georges Steakhouse will reopen in early July. Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
Buddy V’s Expands Brunch to Saturdays
Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Venetian/Palazzo has expanded its Buddy’s Family Brunch experience to Saturdays as well as Sundays, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Menu highlights include peel and eat shrimp, a carving station with maple-glazed ham, mac n’ cheese carbonara, chicken Parmesan, orecchiette and Italian sausage, panettone french toast, vegetable frittata, egg scrambles and warm crespelle with toppings. During the brunch on Sundays, live music is performed by The Fabulous Baker Boys. The brunch is priced at $34.95 per person/$14.95 per child under 10 plus tax and tip. Bottomless sangría, Bloody Marys, Bellinis, Bloody Caesars, domestic beers and wines by the glass are available for an additional $14.95 per person. Buddy V’s Ristorante, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2355; 877-883-6423.
Herringbone at Aria Resort & Casino has revamped its weekend brunch Herringbone Revamps Weekend Brunch
Herringbone at Aria Resort & Casino has revamped its weekend brunch, held Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The brunch now features interactive food stations: The Salt, Brine & Poke station with oysters, peel and eat shrimp, fish and shellfish; The Carved, Cut & Shaved station with an ever-changing selection of meats; The Farm Basket offering fresh-picked produce from local farms and assorted artisan pastries, fresh juices and blended fruit and vegetable smoothies (with the option to upgrade with premium vodka); The Kid in You station with cereals, candies and pastries; and the From the Kitchen station highlighting chef Geno Bernardo’s favorite brunch items such as chilaquiles and orange ricotta chocolate chip pancakes. The all-you-can-eat package is $59 and an all-you-can-drink package for bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas and Bellinis is an additional $35. Herringbone, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-590-9898.
SUSHISAMBA Introduces Japanese Whisky Experience
SUSHISAMBA at The Palazzo is now offering the Japanese Whisky Experience, a seven-course pairing of Japanese whiskey. The dinner begins with a Wagyu Cocktail infused with A5 Wagyu, maple syrup and salted caramel. Among the following courses are a Passionfruit Whisky Sour matched with crispy tempura sweet oyster with osetra caviar; Akashi Single Malt 5-year Sherry Cask paired with whisky-soy marinated robata grilled pork ribs with aji panca barbecue sauce and A5 Wagyu roll with sherry bourbon truffle sauce; and Japanese Cherry Manhattan Granita matched with dark roasted coffee custard, chocolate hazelnut crumble, sweet cream ice cream and Japanese whisky foam. The dinner must be reserved 48 hours in advance so ingredients can be procured and the cost is $250 per person. In addition, one of the pairings is rotated weekly on the regular menu. SUSHISAMBA, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-0700.
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill Launches New Happy Hour
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill at The Venetian has launched a daily happy hour from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to close. Drink specials include wine by the glass and draft beers for $6 and cocktails for $7; and food specials are fresh oysters at $1 each (minimum of 6), salmon poke for $8, West Coast snapper ceviche for $8 and pig ear pad thai for $6. The specials are only available in the bar area. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-2263, 877-883-6423.


Chef Steve Benjamin is moving on to the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills After opening and helming L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino since 2005, executive chef Steve Benjamin has left the restaurant and will launch the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7358.
Brothers David Morton and Michael Morton have named Patrick Munster the executive chef of their new restaurant, MB Steak, which has opened at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Munster brings expertise in preparing steaks and inventive cuisine and is currently working with the Morton brothers and his culinary team to develop the menu. Originally from St. Louis, Munster is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. He moved to Las Vegas in 2004 and joined SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas, where he remained for 10 years during which time he was promoted to chef de cuisine. Most recently, he was with Clique Hospitality serving as the executive chef of Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca inside Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas. MB Steak, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-483-4888.
Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG) has announced the promotions of two longtime colleagues at Carnevino at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino. Arnold Corpuz has assumed the executive chef position and brings nearly 20 years of experience to the role. In 2004, Corpuz came to Las Vegas to be a sous chef at Wolfgang Puck's Spago in Forum Shops at Caesars Palace under chef Eric Klein, and joined B&BHG in 2014 as a sous chef at Carnevino. In addition, Ashley Costa is now the pastry chef for Carnevino and B&B Burger & Beer at The Venetian. She has worked for a number of restaurants and joined the company in 2010. Carnevino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-789-4141.


Japonais at The Mirage has closed, after being open for more than a decade. The fate of the restaurant had long been in doubt, as it was rumored it would be replaced by Morimoto, which instead opened at MGM Grand earlier this year. Japonais is replaced by Otoro, which takes its name from the fattiest, most prized cut of tuna belly. The executive chef of the new restaurant is Fernando Sposato, who previously was executive chef of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at The Cosmopolitan and recently took on the executive chef position at Japonais. The robata grill that was in use at Japonais will continue to be utilized in the new concept, and chef Sposato’s rock shrimp tempura, Chilean sea bass and sushi menu items will be available. Japonais, The Mirage, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-7111.
J.C. Irish Sports Pub closed on March 20, 2017 J.C. Irish Sports Pub at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa & Golf closed on March 20, 2017. Antiques, etched glass, wood and stone that replicate Ireland’s pubs adorned the authentic eatery, which was built outside Dublin by the renowned Irish Pub Company and assembled here. J.C. Irish Sports Pub, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa & Golf, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, no phone.

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