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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

A Las Vegas staple since 2006, the family-owned ice cream and dessert spot La Flor de Michoacan has opened a new location at Texas Station. This outpost will feature more than 20 different flavors of ice cream, 30 flavors of ice cream bars and eight types of flavored waters (aguas frescas). Additional treats include popsicles, smoothies, milkshakes, fresh-squeezed fruit juices, ice cream cakes, shaved ice, ice cream sundaes, yogurt, banana splits, Hawaiian banana splits and crêpes with prices ranging from $1 to $9.99. La Flor de Michoacan at Texas Station is open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. La Flor de Michoacan, Texas Station, 2101 Texas Star Ln., North Las Vegas, NV 89032, 702-631-1000, 800-654-8888.
 
Hamptons, offering contemporary American cuisine, has opened at Tivoli Village. Located near the main valet, the two-story space features an industrial-chic interior design with vintage touches, an outdoor patio and spacious second level private dining room. Chef Jay Bogsinske, formerly of Saint Marc in Huntington Beach, has created a menu that includes a Brussels sprouts and bacon salad with aged New York cheddar; a Little Havana Cubano sandwich with Duroc pork loin, ham, smoked bacon, five-spiced pineapple and Gruyère; Mary’s free-range chicken and biscuits with braised chicken thighs, chicken gravy and cheddar biscuits; Scottish salmon mignon with roasted cauliflower, honey and rosemary cauliflower sauce; and a peanut butter and banana waffle with salted caramel candied peanuts and Vermont maple syrup. Hamptons is open daily for lunch and dinner and weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hamptons, Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-916-1482.
 
Chicago restaurant group Hogsalt will collaborate with MGM Resorts International and New York-based Sydell Group to open Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar, a Vegas version of the popular Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf in Chicago. It’s part of the rebranding of the Monte Carlo as Park MGM and NoMad Hotel and is set to open in October 2017. Décor will mirror the Gilded Age, with glowing chandeliers and opulent wood and leather comforts of the chophouses of the past. On offer will be classic American steakhouse fare rooted in French cooking and cooking techniques, with a menu that will include seafood towers, bone-in dry-aged rib-eye, prime rib and a burger inspired by Hogsalt’s Chicago brasserie Au Cheval. There will also be a curated cocktail and wine program that will nod to the history of steakhouses and embrace Bavette’s 1920s speakeasy vibe. Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
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 be relocating across the street to the Bellagio, opening in spring 2018, replacing Todd English’s Olives, which will close this coming winter. 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. It has not been announced when the Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars will be closing but it is rumored a new Puck concept will emerge in its current space. Spago, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-369-6300.
 
Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery has broken ground on its new two-story bar, dining and entertainment venue, The Front Yard. Scheduled to open in late 2017, the indoor/outdoor attraction will offer a capacity of 300 and feature a casual garden-like atmosphere with wood fixtures, exposed steel and low lighting; games such as corn hole, shuffleboard and beer pong; regular live entertainment by local performers; and second floor atrium with a view of the Las Vegas Strip. An existing exterior wall will be replaced with a window so the Ellis Island on-site brewery, which will celebrate its 20-year anniversary in 2018, will be visible from the space, where patrons can see the copper tanks and the brewing process. Additionally, the place has plans to distill its own spirits, which will be served along with its house-brewed beers. The Front Yard, Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery, 4178 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-794-0888.
 
The otheroom, the unique bar concept that has been in operation in Venice Beach, Calif., and Manhattan’s West Village for more than 30 years, has opened its first Las Vegas location at Forum Shops at Caesars, situated in front of the Strip-side Trevi Fountain landmark. Décor features a chic, candlelit aesthetic with industrial brick and metal finishes, and the seductive setting blends masculine and feminine touches. Menu highlights exclusive to the Las Vegas outpost include the house special shiitake burger, short rib grilled cheese, maple bacon “tots” and charcuterie plate. To accompany the food, several signature cocktails are offered, such as the “Smokey and The Bandit,” a twist on the popular Mule incorporating Basil Hayden’s Bourbon with smoked peach liqueur, fresh lemon, Angostura and ginger beer served in a chilled copper mug. The otheroom is open daily from 11 a.m. the otheroom, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-836-2096.
 
7th & Carson has opened in the Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas Located adjacent to the Downtown Container Park, 7th & Carson bar and restaurant is now open for dinner Thursday through Monday featuring a menu of small plates at approachable price points. Guests enter directly into a lush patio garden with fresh herbs hanging from the walls and green foliage lining the brick enclosed outdoor dining area. Guests may eat al fresco under the sparkling lights, in the main dining room or at the counter of the exhibition hearth oven. Designed by executive chef Gregg Fortunato, dishes are highlighted by extra crispy fried chicken wings dusted with a tangy spice blend and sided by house-made honey habanero hot sauce; white truffle toast (wood-fired garlic bread with Gouda fondue); and duckling potpie, a duo of bite-size buttery pastry puffs filled with duck leg and wood-roasted vegetables. 7th & Carson, 616 E. Carson St., Ste. 110, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-868-4119.
 
Tropicana Las Vegas, as part of its continued revitalization, has opened Oakville Steakhouse. The restaurant celebrates Napa Valley wine with an extensive list that also features wines from around the world, including rare vintages. The menu offers a wide variety of cuts such as dry-aged, Wagyu and grass-fed beef, and a nightly carving special served tableside. The entryway displays a wine wall showcasing more than 150 bottles, and among the dining room’s contemporary design elements are artwork and photographs of the renowned vineyards, wineries and surrounding areas of Oakville. A private dining room is available for up to 40 guests. Oakville Steakhouse, Tropicana Las Vegas, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-739-2222, 888-826-8767.
 
Chef Bryce Shuman (NYC’s Betony) has partnered with Sydell Group to open Primrose at Park MGM. Part of the property’s transformation from Monte Carlo Resort & Casino into Park MGM, the restaurant is located between the lobby and pool and highlights a vegetable-forward menu inspired by the South of France, with a focus on open-fire cooking. Martin Brudnizki designed the venue to evoke a residence. Primrose, Park MGM, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-6600.
 
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.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino’s Golden Week Culinary Specials
Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino will celebrate Chinese Golden Week (a seven-day Chinese national holiday) Oct. 1-8, with Moon Cake (a Chinese pastry eaten during the Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Festival) giveaways, live music and food specials. Pearl Ocean will offer eight discounted specialty Golden dishes, all priced at $15, including Peking duck, roast duck, steamed empress-style chicken, crispy fried chicken, crispy fried flounder, Cantonese-style steamed flounder and wine stewed oxtail pumpkin bowl; and one pound of live prawns golden egg yolk-style for $50. In addition, Phoenix, Lucky Dragon’s upscale restaurant, will celebrate Golden Week with a $20 dim sum platter offered throughout the month of October. Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, 300 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-889-8018.
 
Searsucker Extends Happy Hour During College & NFL Games
Throughout football season, Searsucker at Caesars Palace is extending its happy hour menu during college and NFL games on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The happy hour menu includes oysters for $2; bone marrow single bone for $2; chef’s whim sliders for $3; Bud and Bud Light for $4; select draft and bottled beers for $5; house wine for $6; shots of Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador and Old Forester for $7; and specialty cocktails such as the Blueberry Ginger Smash with Old Forester, ginger, honey, blueberry and mint for $8. Searsucker, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-866-1800.
 
Sonoma Cellar Reopens after Renovation
After undergoing a significant renovation, Sonoma Cellar at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino has reopened with an updated décor and menu. Evoking a wine cellar, the original design endures with arched stone walls throughout. Additions include large decorative mirrors, a color scheme of light gray and white with cream colored chairs and emerald colored booths, and a bar space that has doubled in size. New menu items are a crab cocktail with white rémoulade; Penn Cove mussels; steak tartare; bone marrow; and smoked pork belly made with a Southern grits mousse, bourbon maple and rainbow chard. The steakhouse is now sourcing some of its meats through Niman Ranch, and all meat is aged in-house. A special bar menu is available, with Cajun touches from Louisiana-born chef Britt Beeland, such as fried green tomatoes, Buffalo frogs legs and crab dip. Sonoma Cellar, Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, 1301 W. Sunset Rd., Henderson, NV 89014, 702-547-7898.
 
Twin Creeks Steakhouse Friday Filet Mignon
Twin Creeks Steakhouse at Silverton Casino Hotel is offering Filet Fridays every Friday in September. Priced at $50 per person, the special includes a house salad, six-ounce filet mignon, baked potato, dessert and a glass of wine. The special is available during dinner service from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Silverton Casino Hotel, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-914-8594, 866-946-4373.
 
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas is offering bottomless cocktails during lunch Bottomless Cocktails at La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas is offering bottomless cocktails from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Priced at $28 per person, the bottomless selections include mimosas; red or white sangría prepared with peach schnapps, triple sec, brandy, oranges, raspberries and Asian pears; Bloody Marys made with Tito’s vodka, Demitri’s Bloody Mary Mix and celery salt; Painkillers blended with Sailor Jerry rum, Coco Lopez purée, orange and pineapple juice; and margaritas crafted with Patrón tequila. La Cave also serves bottomless cocktails ($28 per person) during its butler-style brunch on Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7375.
 
Feast Buffet at Red Rock Offering Healthy Well & Being Station
While Vegas buffets are rarely, if ever, thought of as being an option that is attractive to health-conscious diners, that may be about to change. Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has introduced a Well & Being station at its Feast Buffet featuring health-conscious fare presented in balanced portion sizes. Expect vegan, paleo, low-carb, high-protein, raw foods, gluten-free and super foods options with ingredients in all of the dishes focusing on anti-inflammatory foods that are pH balanced and rich in antioxidants and omega 3. Look for sweet potato quesadillas, soba noodle salad, roasted veggie sliders, cauliflower with tomato basil and curry chickpea spinach. Feast Buffet, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-797-7777.
 
Cleo Offers Five-Course Dining Experience
Mediterranean-inspired Cleo at SLS Las Vegas is offering a five-course dining experience, priced at $35 per person. Courses include a choice of hummus with tahini or lebaneh with feta, both served with warm laffa bread; Greek or beets salad; spicy cigars (fried phyllo rolls filled with meat and spices) or Brussels sprouts; grilled hanger steak or garlic shrimp; and sticky toffee pudding with vanilla gelato or flourless chocolate cake with vanilla gelato. Reservations are available by calling 702-761-7757 or via OpenTable. Cleo, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 855-761-7757.
 
STACK at The Mirage has launched the LOVE STACK Dining Experience STACK Launches “LOVE STACK Dining Experience”
STACK at The Mirage has launched the “LOVE STACK Dining Experience” in partnership with The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show. Priced at $55, the prix-fixe three-course menu includes a choice of French onion soup, wedge salad or kale salad; eight oz. filet mignon, roasted chicken or wild mushroom risotto; and blueberry filled jelly donuts “Munchkins.” The dining experience is offered exclusively for LOVE ticket buyers, and guests will also receive discounted show tickets. For tickets and more information, e-mail The Mirage Concierge at concierge@mirage.com or call 702-792-7777. STACK, The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-792-7800.
 
Morimoto Now Serving Omakase Menu
Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is now offering an omakase menu, a selection of dishes put together by chef Morimoto that are unique to his Las Vegas restaurant. The six-course tasting menu is priced at $140 per person (plus tax and tip) and includes cold and hot appetizers, a selection of sushi, a signature entrée and a dessert. A wine or saké pairing is available for an additional $95 per person. Morimoto Las Vegas, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-3001.
 
The Biergarten Debuts at Lagasse's Stadium
The Venetian/Palazzo has unveiled The Biergarten at Lagasse's Stadium. Covering 1,800 square feet and located on the patio of the restaurant, the gathering space brings elements of a traditional beer hall with communal bench seating, ambient string lighting and lush greenery. A menu of German-inspired cuisine includes homemade potato pancakes, a giant Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese, flame-grilled bratwurst or knackwurst, and thinly pounded crispy pork or chicken schnitzel. Also offered are bottles, buckets and pitchers of beer, "frozen beer" and specialty cocktails such as the Kickin' Mule with Ketel One Vodka, Monin habanero lime syrup, fresh lime and ginger beer. The Biergarten at Lagasse's Stadium is open seven days a week from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. All guests must be 21 years of age and older. Lagasse's Stadium, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2665.
 
Jean-Georges Steakhouse Reopens After Remodel
After being closed for a two-month remodel, Jean-Georges Steakhouse at ARIA has reopened. “Milk drops” still hang from the ceiling in the expanded lounge, which has granite high-top tables and black and gold velvet bar stools. The elevated dining room now features a geometric frame made from a brushed dark bronze metal at the entrance. Outlines of cows that ringed the room have been replaced with a lattice pattern on the walls. New to the menu is a tableside carvery from which sliced meats are served with choices of rack of American lamb, bone-in Châteaubriand, smoked Wagyu brisket and Wagyu tomahawk. Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
 

UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS

After a three-year sojourn operating a food truck, a brief stint at the off-Strip Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina and opening Chica at The Venetian for celebrity chef Lorena Garcia, Mike Minor will return to his former executive chef position at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay on September 18, 2017. Minor worked at the restaurant owned by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger for 10 years before leaving in 2014. Border Grill, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7403.
 
Shaun King has been appointed executive chef of Momofuku at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Past positions King has held include chef de cuisine at Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood and executive sous chef of SUSHISAMBA in Las Vegas, chef de cuisine at Bradley Ogden’s Root 246 in Solvang, executive chef at Martis Camp in Lake Tahoe and executive chef of The Dawson in Chicago. King also oversaw the operations for the back of house at Pabu and The Ramen Bar for the Mina Group in San Francisco. King is working with the Momofuku culinary team to debut a new menu in the coming months. Momofuku, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

More restaurant closings took place recently in preparation for the huge remodel and rebranding of Monte Carlo Resort & Casino as it transitions into Park MGM and NoMad hotels. The previous shutterings of The Pub, Andre’s Restaurant & Cigar Lounge, Brand Steakhouse and Yusho have now been followed by The Buffet at Monte Carlo, BLVD Creamery, d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar and pan-Asian Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar. New restaurants on the way include Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Eataly opening in 2018, and Primrose and Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar debuting this fall. Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7777, 888-529-4828.
 
Smith & Wollensky has shuttered. The steakhouse will open a new location in Las Vegas. Smith & Wollensky, 3767 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Parent company B&B Hospitality Group has announced that Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s B&B Burger & Beer at The Venetian will be closing after service on September 30, 2017. The closure is in anticipation of the opening of Eataly taking place in late 2018 as the Monte Carlo transitions into the Park MGM. B&B Burger & Beer opened in 2013 and was the group’s fourth Las Vegas restaurant. The Group’s three other Vegas restaurants – Carnevino, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria and B&B Ristorante – will remain open. B&B Burger & Beer, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-2220.
 
Bistro Buffet at Palms Casino Resort has closed and will be transformed into a new food hall. Bistro Buffet, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, no phone.
 
Standard & Pour in Henderson has closed Standard & Pour, located in Henderson, unexpectedly closed its doors on June 27. The restaurant was a collaboration between the late Kerry Simon’s Simon Hospitality Group and Titan Brands, which runs Hussong’s Cantina and Slice of Vegas, both at Mandalay Place on the Vegas Strip. A statement sent to the media read, “Standard & Pour has closed, effective immediately. The restaurant partners would like to thank their customers for their patronage and look forward to seeing them at one of their other locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.” The restaurant had been open for just shy of one year and was the last project that Simon worked on prior to his death in 2015. The Simon group’s Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas remains open. Standard & Pour, 11261 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 200, Henderson, NV 89052, no phone.
 
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has undergone several changes to its dining portfolio over the last 13 months, bringing in new restaurants Beauty & Essex, Zuma, Momofuku, Milk Bar and Eggslut, and transitioning Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill to Blue Ribbon. The resort also closed Scott Conant’s D.O.C.G. on June 20. The casual wine bar and sister restaurant to Conant’s Scarpetta next door had been open since 2010 when the resort first debuted. The Cosmopolitan has not yet released information on what D.O.C.G.’s replacement will be, but a Cosmopolitan representative says Scarpetta will continue normal operations. D.O.C.G., The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
 

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