Las Vegas Restaurant News
Celebrity chef Robert Irvine, host of Food Network show “Restaurant: Impossible,” will open his first restaurant on the casino floor of Tropicana Las Vegas in 2017. Attendees at a recent press conference were privy to a video that showcased what to expect from the yet-to-be-named venue; in true Irvine fashion, the chef made his entrance by rappelling 22 stories down the exterior of the resort. Commenting on his new partnership with Tropicana Las Vegas, Irvine said, "From the moment I stepped foot in Las Vegas, I have been on a mission to break into the food and dining scene. I am excited to join the city's impeccable culinary talent and I could not be happier with my decision to embark on this journey right here at Tropicana Las Vegas." Irvine is sure to bring his nothing-is-impossible attitude to the modern, American-inspired restaurant. Tropicana Las Vegas, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-739-2222, 888-826-TROP (8767).
Burger Lounge, an eco-conscious burger chain founded in 2007 in La Jolla, Calif., has opened its first Las Vegas location at ARIA. Located on the casino floor in the former space of The Roasted Bean near ARIA’s Poker Room, selections are made with non-GMO, sustainable ingredients including grass-fed beef, organic cheeses and house-made dressings. The menu includes a free-range turkey burger made with fresh basil; an organic veggie burger made with quinoa, brown rice and zucchini; an Alaskan cod sandwich made from sustainable cod; and fresh organic salads such as the Market Chop Salad with Brussels sprouts, romaine, kale, red onion, corn, carrot, pepitas, gorgonzola, daikon sprouts and house-made dijon vinaigrette. Burger Lounge, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
Ten years after chef Guy Savoy made his U.S. debut at Caesars Palace with Restaurant Guy Savoy, the acclaimed chef has opened Brioche by Guy Savoy, a quick-service space similar to his successful brioche concept in Paris, Goût de Brioche. Led by Restaurant Guy Savoy’s executive pastry chef, Sebastien Polycarpe, Brioche serves “Brioninis” --- pressed sandwiches made with flaky brioche buns. Options include vegetarian; prosciutto, tomato and cheese; and chicken pesto. Coperaco Coffee Co. helms the coffee program, and the menu offers house-blended coffee, cappuccino, lattes and café au laits. Brioche by Guy Savoy is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brioche by Guy Savoy, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
Eggslut will open a location at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in June 2016. The concept started as a food truck in Los Angeles, then continued to gain a following for its gourmet egg sandwiches with a quick-service counter at Grand Central Market. Eggslut, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Wynn Las Vegas’s newest dining concept is SW Veranda, a casual outdoor terrace located above SW Steakhouse with views of Wynn’s Lake of Dreams. A selection of executive chef David Walzog’s small plates and appetizers are served, along with desserts from pastry chef Svetlana Almonte. Menu items include Wagyu carpaccio with black truffle dressing, arugula and shaved parmesan; SW lobster rolls on warm brioche; yellowfin tuna tartar with pickled Japanese vegetables, soy and gochujang; chocolate dipping fondue with strawberries, marshmallows, banana bread and crisp mini-funnel cakes; and Biscoff cookie butter cheesecake. The SW Veranda is open nightly at 5:30 p.m., weather providing. Reservations are not accepted. SW Veranda, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa has debuted The Patio at MRKT Sea & Land, a new cafe that offers outdoor dining during the warmer months. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant offers an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrées, including bacon-wrapped stuffed dates with smoked almonds, bleu cheese and a red wine reduction; shrimp orzo pasta salad with feta cheese and lemon vinaigrette; grilled chicken paillard with brown rice and steamed broccoli; and pan-seared Scottish salmon with caper lemon beurre blanc, sautéed spinach and sweet corn relish. The Patio at MRKT has an exterior entrance separate from the casino for ease of entry and exit. MRKT Sea & Land, Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa, 7300 N. Aliante Pkwy., North Las Vegas, NV 89084, 702-692-7777.
The Du-par’s restaurant chain, founded in 1938 at the Los Angeles Farmers Market, has opened its second Las Vegas location, Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery, at Suncoast Hotel & Casino. Signature items include buttermilk pancakes, made-from-scratch pies, traditional Cobb salad, chicken pot pie, country chicken breast, beef liver, beef stew, gourmet meatloaf and a great hot fudge brownie sundae. Du-par's is open 24 hours a day. Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery, 9090 Alta Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-636-7111, 877-636-7111.
After nearly eight years, BLT Burger at The Mirage closed on April 5th and reopened two days later as the resort-operated LVB Burgers and Bar. The new restaurant is helmed by Michael LaPlaca, who is also executive chef at the resort’s Italian restaurant Portofino. LaPlaca brought some fine-dining touches with him, as seen in menu items such as “Diablo’s Huevos” --- deviled eggs with avocado and blue crab meat; mini po’boys stuffed with fried oysters and red pepper remoulade slaw; a “baby wedges” salad with applewood smoked bacon, griddled onion, candied walnuts and buttermilk blue cheese dressing; the “A.A.A.” burger named for its Angus beef, applewood smoked bacon and arugula; and the “P.S.S.” burger, made with grilled pineapple relish and sesame slaw atop a soy-glazed salmon patty. For dessert, there are fried donut holes filled with Nutella ganache and banana toffee sauce. LVB Burgers & Bar is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining. LVB Burgers and Bar, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-7111, 800-627-6667.
Sake Rok is now open at The Park, located on the Strip between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York. Open for lunch, dinner and latenight eats, the kitchen is helmed by SushiSamba alum Bobby Silva, whose menu is full of Japanese and Japanese-American fusion dishes and an array of sushi and private-label sake. For entertainment, there are DJs spinning sets, sporadic theatrical vignettes and interactive servers who double as entertainers and invite guests to partake in restaurant-wide sake bombs, dance parties and lip-sync serenades. The décor is inspired by Japan’s pop culture and fashion, with bold accents, Japanese signage hanging from above and walls lined with distressed murals inspired by the underground graffiti scene. Above the main dining room and mezzanine is a private event space dubbed “Sakura Terrace at The Park.” It opens up to a 1,300-square-foot balcony with sweeping views of T-Mobile Arena and the Las Vegas Strip. Sake Rok, The Park, 6 Park Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-706-3022.
On Cinco de Mayo, Station Casinos and Clique Hospitality opened Borracha Mexican Cantina inside Green Valley Ranch. The restaurant and bar pays homage to the Day of the Dead, with decorative skulls, a hand-painted floor, dark wooden beams and a wraparound graffiti mural by famed Mexican artist Oscar Flores. The kitchen is helmed by Jesus "Chuy" Villegas, and his menu features a diverse collection of shareable plates, such as imaginative burritos and tacos made with handmade tortillas; meats that range from rotisserie chicken and slow-cooked short ribs to fresh Baja fish; and vegan and gluten-free options. Borracha also hosts happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., offering items like al pastor carne asada skewers with roasted pineapple salsa and masa or smoked chicken taquitos with pico de gallo and house-made poblano sour cream, all priced at $6. Borracha Mexican Cantina , 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052, 702-617-7777, 866-782-9487.
The Still, now open at The Mirage, is located off of the casino in the space formerly home to Revolution Lounge. Considered the ultimate man cave and a haven for sports junkies, the project from Clique Hospitality features 27 televisions tuned to sports programming or sports-themed movies, more than 50 craft beers, walls decorated with beer signs, leather couches and chairs, tap handles built into stills and Bud Bud’s — a refurbished Airstream trailer that serves as a fully functioning kitchen. The menu is fashioned by chef Brian Massie and offers his spin on upscale bar food. Items include crispy-style chicken wings in Buffalo or spicy Korean glaze, beer battered fish and chips, a grilled al pastor chicken quesadilla with manchego cheese and roasted garlic Sriracha butter steak tips. The Still, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-7111, 800-627-6667.
TAO Group and celebrity chef Chris Santos have debuted Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This is the second location of the restaurant, bar and lounge, which originated in 2010 in New York City. The 10,000-square-foot space celebrates the beauty of jewels in all forms. Guests enter through a gritty, pawn shop-inspired area before arriving in the lounge, where a chandelier comprised of thousands of draped pearls awaits, followed by a corridor with framed vintage lockets and dining rooms with jewel-toned hues and glamorous lighting. Santos, who has appeared as a judge on the Food Network show “Chopped,” offers share plates such as tuna poke wonton tacos, Thai-style crispy shrimp, oven braised chicken meatballs, a selection of pastas and Prime dry-aged meats. Santos and the TAO Group will also open a Beauty & Essex outpost in Los Angeles later this year. Beauty & Essex, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
This summer, chef Shawn McClain will open Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay. Located on the casino level next to Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, the gastropub will serve New American bar food alongside cocktails by “modern mixologist” Tony Abou-Ganim. Murals by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz will adorn the interior --- Diaz is known for using thousands of linear brushstrokes atop bursts of color to create images of animals with human-like qualities. The menu will offer house-made grilled sausages, artisanal flatbreads, creative toasts and dips, seasonal salads, dry-aged steaks and cocktail-inspired desserts. Abou-Ganim will bring a strong bottled cocktail program plus “Swizzle” cocktails --- icy, frothy drinks made tableside by rapidly swizzling each concoction with five-pronged swizzle sticks from the West Indies. McClain has two other restaurants on the Vegas Strip as well: Sage and Five50, both at Aria. Libertine Social, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
Momofuku and Milk Bar will open at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Chef/founder David Chang started the Momofuku empire in 2004 with the opening of Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York and has since expanded to more than a dozen restaurants in New York, Sydney, Toronto and Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Christina Tosi's Milk Bar is famous for creations like Cereal Milk ice cream, Compost Cookies and Crack Pie. Momofuku and Milk Bar, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Ondori Asian Kitchen is now open at the Orleans Hotel and Casino. Design elements include a wood-paneled entry rotunda and splashes of red in the main dining room, including fringed, crimson lanterns that hang from the ceiling. There are rounded booths well-suited for larger parties and more secluded booths for smaller groups. Diners can expect to see a blend of Chinese and Japanese cuisine on the menu, including hand-rolled sushi rolls like The Orleans, composed of tuna, yellowtail, salmon, snapper, daikon sprouts and crab wrapped around a thinly peeled cucumber and topped with ponzu sauce. Tossed noodle dishes and classics such as lo mein and chow fun are also in the mix. Chef specialties include the oxtail pot — tender oxtail bathed in sweet red wine with bean-curd sticks. Complementing the Asian fare is a comprehensive sake collection and beers from China and Japan. Ondori is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining. Ondori Asian Kitchen, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-365-7111, 800-675-3267.
MGM Resorts International's The Park, a new entertainment district on the Vegas Strip, has made its debut. The Park offers an eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and outdoor spaces and connects New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, as well as the new T-Mobile Arena. Beerhaus, a fresh take on the American beer hall, serves craft brews and hormone-free, artisanal eats made with regionally sourced ingredients. Bar games such foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong and corn hole are among entertainment options at the bar. The classic two-player game Connect Four is also be stationed at every table. Other confirmed dining partners to open in The Park include Shake Shack, California Pizza Kitchen and fast-casual waffle restaurant Bruxie.
Las Vegas will soon get its first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which is expected to open in late 2016 at the Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge. Currently the closest Cracker Barrel locations are 103 miles away in Kingman, AZ, and 120 miles in St. George, UT, and the company has nearly 650 outlets in 42 states. The company is known for its vintage country-style buildings with a covered front porch, complete with rocking chairs that are available for sale and general/gift store offering some of the foods served in the restaurant. The dining room will feature a fireplace, plus old pictures and antique implements covering the walls. The kitchen will serve Southern dishes including all-day breakfast with biscuits and country ham. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777, 866-946-4373.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Azumi Group will join together to bring the contemporary Japanese restaurant Zuma to the resort in late 2016. Created and co-founded by chef Rainer Becker, the restaurant will be inspired by the informal izakaya dining style, featuring a menu designed to be shared with dishes from a sushi counter, a main kitchen and a robata grill. Designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Studio Glitt, who has worked with the group since its first venue, has been commissioned to create the interior of the Las Vegas outpost. It will be the Azumi Group’s first restaurant on the West Coast, and joins nine other locations in six countries. Zuma, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar Offering Live Jazz and All-you-can-eat-and-drink Weekly Events
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar will host a series of weekly late-night events, beginning May 26. The traditional jazz band Jazz Workshop will perform every Thursday thereafter in the restaurant’s lounge from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. In addition, Mezzanotte Grill events will take place during the same hours on various days on the restaurant’s patio, beginning Sunday May 29. Event goers will enjoy unlimited drinks and menu items such as pizza, house-made Italian sausages and Hofmann hot dogs prepared on the outdoor grill. Each week different fare and beverages will be offered, all for $25. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300.
The Lounge at Lakeside Seafood & Steak Introduces New Happy Hour
Lakeside, the steak and seafood restaurant on the Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas, has introduced a Hawaiian-inspired happy hour. Executive chef David Walzog has created a small-plates menu featuring favorites such as homemade bigeye tuna poke with cucumber, crisp ogo and ponzu; charred octopus with pickled daikon, hearts of palm and sea beans; pork belly with white sugarloaf pineapple, sweet chili sauce and sesame rice; ocean trout with avocado, yuzu tobiko and sriracha aioli; and Wagyu short rib loco moco with a sunny-side quail egg, gravy and sesame rice. The happy hour is offered nightly in Lakeside’s lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lakeside, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-248-3463.
Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge Offering Five- and Seven-course Tasting Menus
Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo is offering five- and seven-course prix-fixe tasting menus so that guests can sample multiple items from the restaurant's spring/summer seasonal offerings. Dishes include beef carpaccio with roasted Anaheim pepper coulis and sunchoke chips; pan-seared duck foie gras; king crab and spring pea ravioli; pan-seared duck breast; and hazelnut praline gateau with milk chocolate mascarpone and orange and fig ice cream. The price for the five-course dinner is $110 per person; for wine pairings, add $80. The seven-course dinner is $135; wine pairings are an additional $95. Andre’s Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-798-7151.
Bratalian Announces New Italian Breakfast Experience
Celebrity chef Carla Pellegrino’s Bratalian Neopolitan Cantina is now open daily for breakfast. The morning menu includes "The Shrek Skillet" --- Basquaise-style roasted potatoes, Champignon mushrooms, spinach, Italian sausage, smoked gouda, bacon strips and three sunny side-up or scrambled eggs; a smoked salmon plate with caper berries, a split toasted bagel, whipped cream cheese and a sliced gherkin; and "The Mediterranean" --- an egg-white omelet with tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and feta cheese. Bratalian Neopolitan Cantina, 10740 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 155, Henderson, NV 89052, 702-454-0104.
Fleming’s Presenting Rare & Bold, a Pairing of Steak and Wine
From May 11 to June 18, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will offer a four-course steak and wine dinner. Dubbed Fleming’s Rare & Bold: A Pairing Experience, the meal allows guests to explore the distinct flavors of different steak cuts, as well as the impact of aging processes. Meats are expertly paired with wines selected by Fleming’s director of wine Maeve Pesquera. Both wet- and dry-aged steak cuts are included, and the cost is $95 per person with a two-person minimum. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Town Square, 6515 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-407-0019.
Strip House Launches Sustainable Seafood Program
Strip House at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has launched the all-new Dock-to-Dish sustainable seafood program in partnership with Honolulu Fish Company, which will provide the freshest hand-selected pieces of fish reeled in no more than 16 hours prior to being served. The fish selections are line-caught in a region 375 miles north of Oahu known as the Fracture Zone, an ideal area for fishing. Corporate executive chef Michael Vignola said, “Our Dock-to-Dish nightly specials provide something exquisite for guests to enjoy. The day’s best catch from over 30 varieties are prepared lightly to really showcase the nuances of the fish.” Highlights of the types of fish chef Vignola and his culinary team are using include Monchong, Ono, White Walu, Nairagi, Kajiki and Opah, among others. Strip House, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-737-5200.
Trevi Launches Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free Menu
Trevi, located inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, has launched a vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu. The vegetarian options include margherita pizza topped with Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil; thinly-sliced eggplant crisps served with marinara sauce; and campione di bruschetta, a sampling of chef-inspired relishes and dips with grilled Tuscan bread. Vegan diners might order dishes such as minestrone soup; spaghetti with artichokes, asparagus, tomatoes and green beans topped with toasted garlic, extra virgin olive oil and crushed peppers; or zucchini oreganata with petite white beans, green beans, concassé tomatoes and oregano gastrique. Gluten-free selections include fresh mussels in a white wine, garlic and tomato broth; pasta stuffed with chicken and kale and tossed with cherry tomatoes and Gorgonzola; or the 16-ounce bone-in rib-eye smothered in amogio sauce and served with fresh tomato, red onion and blue cheese salad. Trevi, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-735-4663.
Triple George Grill Partners with The Mob Museum for “The Made Experience”
Triple George Grill and The Mob Museum are partnering to provide a new package dubbed “The Made Experience.” Priced at $89 per person (two-guest minimum), the deal includes a three-course, prix-fixe menu at Triple George Grill and a ticket to The Mob Museum, which is located just steps away. Diners will choose from a charcuterie platter or kale salad; their choice of a 9-ounce filet, potato cake, lobster tail and truffle demi or bacon-wrapped scallops, cream corn and balsamic drizzle; and tiramisu or zeppole (fried Italian doughnuts with crème anglaise). The package also provides a private booth at Triple George Grill (based upon availability) and a cocktail shaker (limited availability). Guests must check in at the bar with the secret password “Capo,” at which time they will receive a “Capo Cocktail” made with Prosecco, peach puree and maraschino juice. For more information, visit the website. Triple George Grill, 201 N. Third St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-384-2761.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Offering Deals on Concert Nights
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is offering three-course, prix-fixe concert menus at three of its restaurants: 35 Steaks, Culinary Dropout and 福Fú Asian Kitchen. At 35 Steaks, the deal is Caesar or wedge salad; a petite filet mignon, fish of the day or vegetable risotto; and crème brûlée or chocolate torte for $65. At Culinary Kitchen, guests may dine on soft pretzels & provolone fondue or a house salad; their choice of fried chicken or meatloaf; and any 16-ounce draft beer for $25. Finally, 福Fú Asian Kitchen will serve pan-fried potstickers or miso sea bass in lettuce cups; guest’s choice of wok-fried salmon, kung pao chicken or stir-fried beef; and chocolate beignets for $29. The prix-fixe menus are only available on dates when there is a concert at The Joint, the Hard Rock's concert venue. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
B&B Ristorante Offering House-Made Citrus “Cellos”
This spring, B&B Ristorante at The Venetian is serving an array of house-made, citrus-infused “cellos.” Each batch is handmade by the B&B bartending staff from organic and regionally-sourced citrus. The process of extracting the essential oils from the citrus zest takes two months. In addition to the popular after-dinner limoncello, B&B Ristorante’s creations include limecello (lime), pompalmocello (grapefruit), arancianello (blood orange) and riservacello (Buddha’s hand). Guests can order one flavor at a time or select a flight of three for $16. B&B Ristorante, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-266-9977.
Tom’s Urban at New York-New York Launches Unique Beat the Clock Happy Hour
Tom’s Urban at New York-New York has launched a unique Beat the Clock happy hour running Monday through Friday, beginning at 4 p.m., with food and drink prices rising every hour until 7 p.m. It also takes place late night Sunday through Thursday, beginning at 11 p.m., with prices dropping every hour until 2 a.m. Among a dozen small plates are ginger chicken potstickers, crispy Brussels spouts, fried dill pickles and street tacos; drink specials include select signature cocktails, well drinks and all draft beers. Tom's Urban, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6766.
STK at The Cosmopolitan Launches Sunday Brunch Club
STK at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas launched its Sunday Brunch Club. Served every Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the social brunch features music, food, cocktails and fashion. A strolling coffee cart offers coffee drinks, including cappuccinos, chai tea lattes, mochas and caramel macchiatos, while a bottomless Bloody Mary Bar allows guests to create their own cocktails. Servers wearing pajamas and nightshirts will provide Mimosa bottle service that uses cold-pressed juice mixers, fresh fruit slices and sugar-rimmed flutes. Executive chef Stephen Hopcraft’s menu includes items such as Cobb salad with bacon, blue cheese and boiled egg; beef tartare with yuzu kosho, pickled mushrooms and papadums; smoked salmon with bagel chips, cream cheese and red onion; and STK n' L'eggs --- a six-ounce filet, two eggs your way and breakfast potato. Guests can also capture memories at a photo booth with props, and flat-screen HDTVs displayed around the room show the big games. STK, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
Several chef shuffles are in the mix for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. Nicole Brisson, executive chef at The Palazzo’s Carnevino, is moving up to culinary director, overseeing all of the group’s Las Vegas restaurants. She replaces chef Jason Neve, who is moving on to open Eataly in Boston this fall. Taking Brisson’s place at Carnevino is Jon Littleton, who is vacating his executive chef position at B&B Burger & Beer at The Venetian. Elisabeth McGee will take his place; she was previously a master cook at Michael Mina Bellagio and chef de partie at Bartolotta at Wynn Las Vegas. Finally, Brett Uniss has left his executive chef position at Andiron Steak & Sea at Downtown Summerlin to become executive chef at B&B Ristorante at The Venetian. Carnevino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-789-4141.
Claude Le-Tohic has vacated his executive chef position at Joël Robuchon to head his own restaurant in San Francisco, set to open by the end of the year. Le-Tohic, a native of Brittany, France, first worked for Robuchon at his Jamin restaurant in Paris in 1987 and later for several other French restaurants before coming to Las Vegas in 2005 to open Robuchon’s L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon (both at the MGM Grand). MGM Resorts International has not yet announced Le-Tohic’s replacement. Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7925.
ARIA and Takayama Management have announced that Bar Masa and Tetsu at ARIA will close on July 31, 2016. The closure comes at the conclusion of Takayama’s management agreement. Chef Masa Takayama, who has been a part of the culinary team at ARIA since the resort’s opening in 2009, is expected to open his new TETSU dining emporium in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood this coming autumn. ARIA anticipates announcing a new concept for the adjoining spaces in the coming weeks. Tetsu, Aria Resort & Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
José Andrés’ Ku Noodle at the SLS Las Vegas closed on April 1. Ku Noodle was an Asian noodle bar featuring an open kitchen, handmade noodles and siu mai dumplings. It had been open since 2014, when the SLS debuted. A replacement for the restaurant has not yet been announced. Ku Noodle, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
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