50 Eggs, Inc. has opened Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian. Created by restaurateur John Kunkel, the 8,000-square-foot space is located in the resort’s Restaurant Row, and seats 180 guests throughout the main dining room and two private rooms. The menu features farm-fresh ingredients and Southern cooking. An expansive bar allows the 50 Eggs team added space to expand their beverage program, complete with a special on-site ice room where mixologists harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations. The new Vegas location joins Yardbird Southern Table & Bar’s original location on Miami Beach, which opened in 2011. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-297-6541.
Michael Mina has opened BARDOT Brasserie, a French bistro, at Aria Resort & Casino. The new restaurant pays homage to the café culture of Paris offering traditional brasserie fare, such as foie gras en croûte, steak frites, roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade and the BARDOT burger with Comte cheese, caramelized onions and a bordelaise sauce. Designed by Bishop Pass, the décor reflects the mood of early French film noirs where low lighting and dramatic shadows set the stage for an alluring and mysterious experience, and features an open kitchen, a Parisian storefront and 360-degree accessible bar with counter-to-ceiling brass shelving. BARDOT Brasserie, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
California Noodle House has opened in Downtown Las Vegas at the California Hotel & Casino. The restaurant’s tagline is “Signature noodle dishes … and so much more,” and offers a menu inspired by cuisines from throughout the Pacific Rim, including distinctive flavors from Korean, Thailand, Hawaii, China and Japan. Noodle dishes include beef chow fun and pad Thai; while soup offerings include Thai favorite tom kha gai, Chinese specialty won ton min and braised oxtail stew. Designed by Tandem Design of Las Vegas, California Noodle House is centered around an open show kitchen. The décor features a distinct Pacific Rim influence with clusters of paper lanterns, woven rope ceiling elements and abstract art. The hours of operation are from 5 p.m.-midnight, daily. California Noodle House, 12 Ogden Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-1222, 800-634-6255.
Caesars Palace has opened the new Forum Food Court featuring a quick-service format in five dining options: Di Fara Pizza from NYC; Phillips Seafood from Oceanside, MD; the first Strip location of Smashburger; the third Vegas location of Earl of Sandwich; and Tiger Wok & Ramen, serving Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Graeter's is a craft ice cream and gelato shop out of Cincinnati. Located adjacent to the Forum Shops at Caesars in the former Cypress Street Marketplace, the 14,900-square-foot-space also includes a new Starbucks and is open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., with Di Fara open late till 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
Sid’s Cafe has opened at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in the former space of the casino’s High Limit gaming room. Named after owner David Siegel’s father, Sid Siegel, the 200-seat restaurant is set amid large marble columns and rich tones of gold and brown. Menu options range from appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, main plates and desserts. Signature dishes include “The Best Chopped Italian Salad in Vegas,” made with chopped greens mixed with salami, turkey breast and mozzarella cheese, and the “The Elvis Sandwich,” made with peanut butter, grape jelly, sliced bananas --- all battered and fried. The Café is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sid’s Café, 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-732-5111, 800-732-7117.
The Excalibur Buffet reopened December 23, 2014, following a $6.2 million reinvention and has been renamed The Buffet at Excalibur. The 34,940-square-foot room seats 610 people, with a variety of booths, banquettes and loose seating, and features an interactive dessert station and six food stations serving a variety of cultural cuisine, such as American, Asian, Italian and Latin. Located on the Castle Walk near the Thunder From Down Under showroom, its hours are 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Friday nights there's a seafood theme, with menu items including crawfish, blue crab, crab legs, sushi, peel-and-eat shrimp and lobster polenta. The breakfast buffet has paninis --- grilled breakfast sandwiches in sweet or savory varieties, and made-to-order omelets. The Buffet at Excalibur, Excalibur Hotel & Casino, 3850 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-597-7777.
After a three-year break from operating his own restaurants and working as a consultant for other eateries, celebrity chef Alex Stratta will open Tapas by Alex Stratta in Tivoli Village. The fine-casual concept will serve modern tapas with prominent Spanish accents. The 2,700-square-foot restaurant, set in the former space of Pizza Lounge, will seat 95, including 38 on the patio and will feature an exhibition kitchen with vintage ovens, crystal chandeliers and faux-finished floors. The menu will list 50 items, including paella, daily baked artisan breads, a Spanish cheese and cured meat section, fresh seafood, organic meat, poultry and seasonal vegetables. Tapas by Alex Stratta will be open Monday through Saturday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., and for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tapas by Alex Stratta, 302 S Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-570-7400.
Off The Strip, a locals favorite in Southern Highlands since 2007, will open a second location, ON the Strip, at the Promenade at The LINQ. The two-story, 11,000-square-foot restaurant will be open 24 hours, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The decor will feature a contemporary design with dark woods, stone, brick and metals; black chalkboards showcasing inspirational sayings; an open, high-performance kitchen as the centerpiece; and a large staircase leading to the second floor, accenting the height of the 15-foot ceilings. The menu will feature signature comfort favorites including steaks, chops, seafood and pasta dishes, which will change seasonally. ON The Strip, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 800-351-7400 .
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has opened the all-new 8 Noodle Bar, as part of the property’s $35 million-plus reinvestment. The restaurant seats 41 guests and incorporates traditional Asian elements such as a vibrant red façade, an intricate lattice screen, a display of suspended noodle bowls, artwork featuring abstracted images of traditional noodle throwing techniques, and custom furniture featuring dragons crawling across the back of banquettes among tables reminiscent of burnt wood. Led by Saigon native chef Andy Vu, the menu features dishes using fresh ingredients with touches of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines, and a special emphasis on noodle and rice bowls. 8 Noodle Bar, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 866-767-7773, 702-797-7777.
Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group has opened Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the 400-acre Downtown Summerlin retail and entertainment complex. This is Puck’s seventh restaurant in Las Vegas, but his first located off the Strip. The 200-seat space incorporates materials paying homage to the desert beauty and towering red cliffs of the Red Rock Canyon. The menu features seasonal salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, seafood, handmade pasta and pizzas. Puck, who opened his first Vegas restaurant, Spago, in 1992 said, “We have such strong loyalty from locals who have been, and continue to be, a driving force behind the success of our six Strip restaurants. It’s exciting for us to move off of the Strip and become an integral part of the neighborhood.” Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, 10955 Oval Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-202-6300.
Caesars Palace will be home to an outpost of chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker, which has two locations in the San Diego area and another in Austin. The menu will include signature dishes like the 38-oz rib-eye "tomahawk" as well as eggs + bacon "pork belly." The opening is scheduled for Spring 2015. Searsucker, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
Lago by Julian Serrano will open in the former space of Circo at Bellagio. This will be the first Italian restaurant from chef Julian Serrano (Picasso, Julian Serrano). The opening date is scheduled for March 2015. Lago by Julian Serrano, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
SLS Las Vegas is the newest resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip in nearly five years. Among the dining options are Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Cleo, Katsuya by Starck, Ku Noodle and The Griddle Cafe. Other venues include 800 Degrees Pizza, The SLS Buffet, Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book and The Perq. For reservations and additional information, visit slsvegas.com. SLS Las Vegas, 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-737-2111.
Andre’s and Alizé Offering 35% Discount on All Wine During Early Dining
In celebration of Andre’s 35th Year Anniversary, Andre's at Monte Carlo and Alizé at the Top of the Palms will offer a 35 percent discount on any of its vast collection of wine, if ordered before 6:30 p.m. The discount is being offered throughout 2015. To reserve Andre’s at Monte Carlo, call 702-798-7151, or to make a reservation for Alizé, call 702-951-7000. Andre's Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-798-7151.
Early Evening Prix-Fixe Menu Offered at N9NE Steakhouse
N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort is offering an early evening menu served nightly from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Priced at $59, the three-course prix fixe includes a complimentary chef’s gift; two wine pairings; a salad and soup combo; an entrée selection of organic chicken, Delmonico rib-eye or North Atlantic salmon; and flourless chocolate cake served with blood orange sorbet. N9NE Steakhouse, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-933-9900.
Island Heat LuWow Dinner Show Debuts at Kahunaville
Back in the 20th century, Las Vegas dinner shows used to be the norm, but are now a rarity. Kahunaville at Treasure Island has introduced its version of the dinner show, Island Heat LuWow, held inside Kahunaville’s new showroom. The new show features Polynesian dance and cuisine with an Elvis Blue Hawaii tribute and a Tahitian tribal drum performance to the music of the Black Eyed Peas. The dinner menu includes white chocolate macadamia bread, Big Island Lua’ai salad and an entrée choice of macadamia-crusted mahi mahi, teriyaki flank steak, ahi tuna or piña colada chicken. Dinner show tickets are $59.99, plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased at kahunaville.com or by calling 702-894-7350. Show-only tickets are also available at $39.99, plus taxes and fees. There are two shows Wednesday through Monday; doors open at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Kahunaville, Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-894-7390.
Five50 Pizza Bar's All-You-Can-Drink Beer Special During Televised Football Games
Five50 Pizza Bar is offering an all-you-can-drink beer special available throughout the football season. Priced at $25, fans can consume unlimited draft beer throughout any televised football game, and for $35, guests can add a choice of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra or a Don Julio 1942. Five50 Pizza Bar, Aria Resort & Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-590-7550; 866-359-7757.
Rob Moore and Sean Griffin are doing a switcheroo. Moore was executive chef of Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria, and Griffin held the same position at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime steakhouse at the Bellagio, and now both chefs have switched restaurants. Moore’s resume includes positions at Lespinasse and Sammy DeMarco’s First and DeMarco’s Room in New York, and in Las Vegas at Sensi and Prime at the Bellagio, before moving over to Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria. Griffin’s resume is equally impressive, having held positions as chef de cuisine at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, chef de cuisine for Nero’s Restaurant at Caesars Palace, and as executive chef at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Scottsdale, Arizona, before he came over to take the executive chef position at Prime. Prime, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7223.
Brian Howard, the corporate executive chef at Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan, has announced his departure. His replacement is Daniel Ontiveros, who previously held positions at Thomas Keller's Bouchon at The Venetian and Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand, before working his way up from executive sous chef to chef de cuisine at Comme Ça. Comme Ça, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group has announced that chef Mark Andelbradt has been appointed executive chef of the new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, the group’s first off-Strip restaurant. Andelbradt’s last position was as executive chef at Puck's Postrio at The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes. The Chicago native’s resume also includes positions at Daniel Boulud’s Daniel in New York City, at Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto in both Philadelphia and New York City, and at Brasserie T and TRU in Chicago. Andelbradt said, “It’s exciting to be a part of Wolfgang’s first off-Strip restaurant in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is now home for my family, and I’m really looking forward to becoming even further rooted in the community with this great neighborhood restaurant.” Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Downtown Summerlin, 10955 Oval Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV n/a, 702-202-6300.
December 6, 2014, was the closing date for Sirio Ristorante at ARIA Resort & Casino. The Italian restaurant from the Maccioni family had been in operation since the resort opened in 2009 and joins its sister restaurant Osteria del Circo, which closed in September after 15 years of operation at Bellagio. The Maccioni family still has one restaurant in Las Vegas, Le Cirque at Bellagio. Sirio Ristorante, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
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