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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

As part of Palace Station’s $192 million property-wide modernization, the hotel-casino has opened Boathouse Asian Eatery, created by brother and sister team Cat and Tu Do with their partner Hans Mogensen. Décor features a wall-to-wall custom octopus mural, hand-painted art, wood accents and high ceilings. The seafood-centric Asian fare includes influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine with dishes such as striped bass steamed with ginger, onion and soy sauce; Cajun-style seafood boil with crawfish, shrimp or clams; wok-fried Chinese spiced calamari; wok-seared filet mignon cubes with bell pepper and onion; and Lahaina roll with soft shell crab, nobashi shrimp tempura, tuna tataki and spicy sesame ponzu. The beverage program encompasses Sonoma County wines; saké and beer options; and artisanal cocktails like the Buddha Fizz made with Hendrick’s gin, lime juice, simple syrup and matcha powder. Boathouse Asian Eatery is open daily for lunch and dinner. Boathouse Asian Eatery, Palace Station Hotel & Casino, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411, 800-634-3101, 888-319-4661.
 
This fall, Michael Morton and Jenna Morton will open Greek Sneek next to their CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand. Accessible via a hidden entrance next to CRUSH, the 2,000-square-foot restaurant will accommodate up to 100 guests and offer a menu by Morton Group corporate executive chef William DeMarco of traditional Mediterranean cuisine as share plates, flatbreads and entrées, many of which will be prepared in a wood-fired oven. Highlights will include crispy zucchini and eggplant chips served with tzatziki; lamb meatball flatbread topped with tomatoes and tzatziki; crab cake with mint yogurt purée, tomatoes, green peppers, olives and capers; shaved pita sandwiches with a choice of chicken, lamb or steak accompanied by tzatziki, tomatoes and red onion; and Mediterranean-spiced marinated shrimp skewer with cucumber and mint couscous. Complementing the food will be an array of Greek wines, beers and spirits, an Ouzo menu and Greek cocktails inspired by native fruits and flavors. Greek Sneek, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-1111, 800-929-1111.
 
Blue Ribbon Sushi will be making a comeback in Las Vegas Bruce and Eric Bromberg’s Blue Ribbon Sushi will be making a comeback in Las Vegas. Their sushi restaurant opened at The Cosmopolitan when the resort debuted in December 2010, and after closing in early 2017, the brothers launched their Blue Ribbon brasserie concept in June of that year at The Cosmopolitan. Their new sushi iteration is expected to open in late 2018 at Red Rock Resort as part of the property’s revamp of its restaurants, but with the word “Izakaya,” which means Japanese-style tavern, added to its name. The eatery will offer a traditional sushi bar with fresh fish flown in daily from Japan, small plates, family-style platters and the brothers’ famous fried chicken with wasabi honey. This opening will bring the Bromberg’s number of Vegas restaurants to four, joining Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ and two Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken fast-casual locations: one in the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s, and the other within Downtown Summerlin just steps from Red Rock Resort. Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, no phone.
 
Restaurateurs and chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken have debuted BBQ Mexicana, a quick service eatery located across from sister restaurant Border Grill at Mandalay Bay. The concept is a collaboration with Border Grill executive chef Mike Minor, and the menu was inspired by Feniger and Milliken’s travels to Mexico and chef Minor’s TruckUBarbeque food truck which married his love for Mexican food and barbecue. The eatery smokes everything in-house, utilizing only meats raised without hormones or antibiotics; and also offers non-meat options prepared as burritos, bowls and salads, along with margaritas, aguas frescas and beers to-go. Menu highlights include a burnt ends burrito with slow-smoked brisket and BBQ mole sauce, smoked tofu bowl with cilantro lime rice and habanero BBQ sauce, coop bowl with mesquite smoked chicken and crispy quinoa and chopped kale salad with coriander vinaigrette. Hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with select weekends and mornings. BBQ Mexicana, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
 
90 NINETY Bar + Grill has opened at Suncoast Hotel & Casino. Named for its physical address at 9090 Alta Dr., the restaurant located off of the casino floor spans nearly 5,000 square feet with walls adorned with whitewashed brick and neon signage from the legendary Stardust Casino, a stage for live musical performances (Thursday through Saturday evenings) and an outdoor patio with oversized Jenga and Connect Five games. The menu features shareables like poke nachos with marinated raw ahi, avocado, jalapeños and crispy wonton; and grilled fish tacos (Pacific mahi mahi with mango and avocado salsa and chipotle crema). Entrées include five varieties of 10-oz. burgers (including a vegan version), Scottish salmon filet and filet mignon and fries. Complementing the fare are 24 brews on tap and 30 bottle/can selections, and brews from sister restaurant Triple 7 Microbrewery at Main Street Station. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight. 90 NINETY Bar + Grill, Suncoast Hotel & Casino, 9090 Alta Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-636-7111, 877-636-7111.
 
Slater’s 50/50 has opened in Las Vegas Southern California-based Slater’s 50/50, known for over-the-top bacon-infused burgers and craft beer, has opened the first of three Las Vegas locations at 467 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd., Suite 100 (corner of Bermuda and Silverado). Décor includes large Vegas-style marquee letters, walls made from hundreds of tap handles and pop art pieces of Slater’s signature burgers. Menu mainstays include the Original 50/50 made with a 50/50 blend of beef and bacon topped with pepper jack cheese, avocado, fried egg and chipotle mayo; and the Best P.B. & Jellousy with Angus beef, thick-cut bacon, peanut butter and strawberry jelly. A variety of sides, salads, wings, flatbreads and vegetarian options is also served. The beverage program features fifty craft beers on tap, including local brews from Crafthaus, Tenaya Creek and Bad Beat Brewing; and signature boozy milkshakes. Slater’s 50/50 is open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late-night bites. Slater’s 50/50, 467 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89183, 702-766-5050.
 
Hell’s Kitchen Season 12 winner Scott Commings and local chef Antonio Nunez (formerly of STK and Kitchen Table) teamed up to open The Stove. The second story venue offers panoramic views via floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor patio, exhibition kitchen, indoor garden producing up to 900 leaf greens and herbs, muffin bar for “grab and go” service and a private dining room. The menu includes a vegan burrito with black beans, avocado, vegan chicken, greens and cilantro rice; foie and cherries with amaretto french toast, red wine-soaked cherries and toasted almonds; suckling pig with biscuits, poached eggs, brown butter hollandaise, house barbeque sauce and fried jalapeño chips; and caviar toast (caviar, country bread, basted egg, macerated onions and crème fraîche). Featured on the beverages menu are saké-style Bloody Marys and Champagne infused with house-made purées. The Stove’s hours of operation are daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Stove, 11261 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 200, Henderson, NV 89052, 702-625-5216.
 
Palace Station Casino, as part of a $192 million modernization, plans to open BBD's – Beers Burgers Desserts on Labor Day weekend. Created by former Bradley Ogden Las Vegas chef Ralph Perrazzo, the NY-based venue focuses on scratch cooking and USDA Certified Prime beef that is hand-butchered and pattied in the restaurant's butcher room. Three different cooking methods are used for the burgers: fired over embers of cherrywood and charcoal; griddled, creating a crispy brown crust; and steamed over chopped onions. The menu will also feature wood-fired custom-cut steaks and an extensive vegan/vegetarian selection. Complementing the food is a craft beer program driven by a custom-designed high-tech draft system, a rotating array of bottles and draft taps showcasing rare and vintage beers, nitro taps and authentic cask beer. As the name implies, desserts will be served, including handcrafted milkshakes featuring an all-natural house-made soft serve custard-based shake prepared in both boozy and non-alcoholic versions. BBD's – Beers Burgers Desserts, Palace Station Casino, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411, 800-634-3101, 888-319-4661.
 
Scotch 80 Prime has opened at Palms Casino Resort, led by executive chef Barry S. Dakake, who held the same position at N9NE Steakhouse at Palms before it closed in 2017. The new steakhouse, named in homage to the nearby Scotch 80 neighborhood and the scotch selection and Prime steaks it serves, offers a menu devoted to USDA Prime and certified A5 Japanese Kobe beef, chicken, chops and seafood. Complementing the fare is an array of scotch whisky valued at $3 million, with a focus on rare and vintage gems from top producers in Scotland including the Macallan Fine & Rare Vintage collection. Décor features world-class artwork with pieces from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, KAWS, Damien Hirst and Scott Hove. Scotch 80 Prime, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-7777, 866-942-7777, 866-942-7770.
 
Now open at M Resort Spa Casino is 16 – A Handcrafted Experience Now open at M Resort Spa Casino is 16 – A Handcrafted Experience. Named for its perch on the 16th floor of the resort, the venue offers views of the Las Vegas skyline via floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio. A menu of shared plates includes Australian lamb chops, pan-seared Hokkaido diver scallops, braised Wagyu short ribs and tonkatsu ramen soup. Look for signature, classic and mid-century modern cocktails such as the “16,” which combines 16 different flavors. In addition, guests have the opportunity to sample a variety of fine wines and liquors using the M Resort’s “Wine ATM,” a pre-paid card that allows for one-, three- or five-ounce pours from a rotating selection of 40 options. 16 – A Handcrafted Experience is open Friday through Tuesday from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 16 – A Handcrafted Experience, M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Henderson, NV 89044, 702-797-1000.
 
Once is now open in the space formerly occupied by Table 10 Once is now open in the space formerly occupied by Table 10 in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/Palazzo. Pronounced “on-sey,” the name is Spanish for the number 11, representing Peruvian-born chef Ricardo Zarate’s spot in his line of 13 siblings. Zarate designed the décor to mimic his home country, with floor-to-ceiling living plant walls, a patio with five communal tables and live plants throughout the venue. Zarate’s menu introduces the Peruvian Nikkei dining experience, blending the flavors of Peru and Japan, with 11 sharable dishes inspired by his childhood, with items rotating weekly, such as shrimp and scallop dumplings, red snapper ceviche, braised duck leg, oxtail bibimbap and kampachi and calamari. In keeping with the numeric theme, 11 cocktails are offered, including V.I. Beet containing rye, Carpano Antica, Pierre Ferrand and bitters garnished with beet jerky and beet dust (dehydrated beets). Once is open daily for dinner from 5 p.m.-midnight. Once, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-3797.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hawthorn Grill Offering 45-Minute Express Lunch
Hawthorn Grill at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is offering an executive 45-minute express lunch for $19, including a choice of appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert, all served at the same time. The menu changes weekly, but may include items such as spinach and strawberry salad with avocado, toasted almonds and lemon vinaigrette; arugula salad with red onions and heirloom tomatoes; shrimp po' boy with arugula and sriracha aïoli; Idaho rainbow trout with green beans, pearl onions and lemon herb butter; NY strip steak with sautéed mushroom and fingerling potatoes; chocolate and caramel mousse cake; and strawberry shortcake. Hawthorn Grill, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-869-7777, 877-869-8777.
 
Public House Offering Beer-Pairing Menu
Public House at The Venetian is offering the Cicerone Experience prix- fixe beer pairing menu. Priced at $65 and available daily at any time, it includes an amuse of spiked watermelon with feta, micro lavender mint and Dogfish Head Festina Peche Berliner Weissbier; house-cured beet salmon tartare with locally-brewed Tenaya Creek Sunrise Mountain Imperial Belgian-style Witbier; caprese salad with Hop Valley Bubble Stash IPA; a choice of coffee-rubbed Wagyu tri-tip with Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad or seared halibut with Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Tripel; and chocolate-raspberry mousse bar with Squatters Outer Darkness Russian Imperial Stout. In addition, the Ditch the Milk Beer and Cookie Pairing is available for $21 matching Unibroue La Fin Du Monde with an apricot clove thumbprint, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin with grapefruit white chocolate macaron, Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale with coffee cookie butter button and Modern Times Black House Coffee Stout with almond Nutella sable. Public House, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-407-5310.
 
Read André Gayot’s tribute to Joël Robuchon A Tribute to Joël Robuchon
Chef Joël Robuchon passed away on August 6, 2018, at the age of 73. Named "Cook of the Century” in 1990 by GaultMillau/GAYOT, he was the pioneer of a lightened, healthier cuisine. He also built a worldwide dining empire with restaurants in Paris, London, Las Vegas and beyond. Read André Gayot’s tribute to Joël Robuchon
 
Rao’s Offering Prix-Fixe Summer Dinner Menu
NYC staple Rao’s at Caesars Palace is offering a prix-fixe summer dinner menu featuring some of the Italian restaurant’s most popular dishes. Priced at $50, the three-course deal includes a choice of frisée salad, roasted red pepper and buffalo mozzarella or cannellini bean hummus; an entrée selection of pan-seared sole, pesto chicken penne or grilled flat iron steak; and a dessert choice of chocolate raspberry trifle or cannoli ice cream sundae. Rao’s, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7267.
 
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Offering Food & Beverage Specials on Las Vegas Aces Game Days
To celebrate the inaugural season of the Las Vegas Aces, the city’s first professional women’s WNBA team, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is offering a variety of Aces-themed food and beverage specials on game days. Beginning approximately two hours prior to tip-off, specials include 20 percent off food and beverage at Red Square; 25 percent off food at RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room; 15 percent off food and beverage at Hussong’s Cantina and Slice of Vegas; two-for-one entry at Minus5 Ice Bar; buy one milkshake get one free at Burger Bar; and complimentary appetizer for season ticket holders and Aces-themed sugar cookies for $5 at Libertine Social. To receive the game day specials, guests must show a game day ticket and the specials cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
 
Rí Rá Irish Pub Las Vegas Celebrates National Potato Day
Rí Rá Irish Pub at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place inside Mandalay Bay will celebrate National Potato Day by offering a variety of potato dishes from August 13-19. The special menu includes Irish cheddar croquettes ($13), mashed potatoes and Irish cheddar rolled in panko bread crumbs, lightly fried and served with horseradish mayo; pub poutine ($15), fries topped with melted cheese, chopped beer-braised corned beef, Irish curry sauce and chopped green onion; traditional creamy potato soup with fried leeks ($5), with the option to add smoked bacon and cheddar cheese for an additional $2; potato banger skillet ($17), champ potatoes and Irish sausage baked in a cast iron skillet with seared mushrooms and a Guinness, onion and herb gravy; and pork and spud bowl ($21), a bowl of deconstructed colcannon mashed potatoes topped with braised cabbage and green onion, shredded cheddar, roasted pork tenderloin and rosemary-mushroom gravy. Rí Rá Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7771.
 
Silverton Casino Hotel Offering Meal with a Mermaid Dining Experience
Silverton Casino Hotel is offering the Meal with a Mermaid deal on Saturday and Sunday with one seating at 11 a.m. and one at noon. During the 45-minute dining experience, situated next to the 117,000 gallon aquarium, a mermaid swims and interacts with guests. Included are a choice of beverage; starter choice of a basket of donuts, bananas & apples or yogurt & granola parfait; entrée choice of cinnamon bun french toast, blueberry pancakes, all-American breakfast, country fried steak & eggs, turkey & avocado club, tuna or chicken salad sandwich or chicken Caesar wrap; and for the children, a buffet with macerated pineapple with honey yogurt, cornflake-crusted french toast, chicken fingers & fries, and grilled cheese and ham sandwiches with kettle chips. Price is $30 for adults and $15 for children 2-12 (children under 2 are free). Reservations must be booked at least 72 hours in advance here and there is maximum of four tickets per purchase. Silverton Casino Hotel, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777, 866-946-4373.
 
Fresco Italiano Offering a Six-course Tasting Menu
Fresco Italiano at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is offering a six-course chef’s tasting menu. Priced at $65 per person, the menu includes an amuse-bouche of beef tenderloin crudo over crouton; sautéed shrimp on roasted tomatoes polenta; house-made potatoes and ricotta gnocchi with leeks, asparagus and pancetta; house-made pasta stuffed with ricotta, pulled pork, braised apples and brown butter sage; roasted whole Cornish hen with fingerling potatoes and oven-roasted veggies; sliced grilled NY strip with arugula, shaved Grana Padano and truffle oil; and semifreddo – classic Italian gelato with brittle and chocolate sauce. The tasting menu is served family style and is available for parties of four or more. An optional wine pairing is available for an additional $15, with each course paired with an Italian wine. Fresco Italiano, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-732-5276.
 
Chef Daniel Boulud created THE UMAMI FRENCHIE for UMAMI BURGER Vive la France Burger!
French chef Daniel Boulud (of Daniel in New York City, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.) pioneered the "Gourmet Burger Revolution." So, it’s only natural that on Bastille Day, July 14, 2018, he launched "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" with the famous UMAMI BURGER chain. (The timing was lucky as France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup the next day!) Discover the tasty burger, presented by Boulud himself, in this video. Then, go try it for yourself at UMAMI BURGER in Las Vegas. Part of UMAMI BURGER's Artist Series, "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" ($18) will be available until September 14th. One dollar from each burger sold will benefit charitable organization Citymeals, which provides a lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly. Umami Burger, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-761-7614.
 
Searsucker Teams with Absinthe for Dinner & Show Deal
Searsucker at Caesars Palace is partnering with Absinthe – the adult circus show with eccentrics performing amazing feats of strength, balance, danger and unfathomable flexibility – to offer a dinner and show package. The two-in-one package starts at $149 per person and includes offerings from the menu at Searsucker, a complimentary Moscow Mule inspired by the hit show and one reserved seating level ticket to the show. The menu, curated by executive chef Stephen LaSala, includes a choice of yellowtail crudo, tomato and burrata, shishitos or pig ears; brick chicken, scallops, pasta or Chef LaSala’s ricotta and roasted cauliflower steak; cookies + gelato dessert; and a Russian Acrobat Mule, featuring Molet’s super floral gin and ginger beer served in a copper take-away mug. To purchase the dinner and show package, call 855-234-7469 or visit here and choose the add-on when selecting your seats for the show. Searsucker, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-866-1800.
 
Don Vito’s Offering Summer Meal Deal Specialty Menu
Don Vito’s Italian restaurant at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is offering a three-course (appetizer, entrée and dessert) summer meal deal for $19 per person and a bottle of the Wine of the Month for an additional $20. The specialty menu includes a choice of Caesar salad, minestrone soup, pasta e fagioli, herb and roast garlic ricotta dip or mozzarella fritti; chicken Marsala, fettuccine Alfredo, orange roughy Marzanno or spaghetti & meatballs; and Vito’s sorbet or black cherry ice cream. The summer meal deal is available Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. until Thursday, August 30. Don Vito's, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89183, 702-796-7111.
 
Michael Mina’s Pub 1842 Brings Weekend Brunch to MGM Grand
Michael Mina’s Pub 1842 at MGM Grand is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The new menu includes The Pig and The Waffle (cheddar chive cornbread waffle with Carolina BBQ pulled pork, a fried egg and chipotle crema); Bacon, Shrimp & Grits (Anson Mills white cheddar grits paired with grilled shrimp, grilled Hobbs thick-cut bacon and a poached egg); Monte Cristo (layers of country ham, roasted turkey and smoked Gouda and Swiss cheeses and raspberry chipotle compote); Avocado & Lobster Toast (guacamole, Maine lobster, cucumber, breakfast radish and lemon vinaigrette); and Smoked Beef Brisket Hash (fried potatoes, jalapeños, red bell peppers, caramelized onions and two over-easy eggs mixed with smoked beef brisket). Complementing the brunch items are a house-made Bloody Mary with Jack Daniel's whiskey, bitters and a dash of BBQ sauce; and a brunch Bellini made with white peach purée, lime juice, chai tea syrup, peach bitters and Champagne. Pub 1842, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-3922.
 
Andre’s Bistro & Bar Launches Afternoon Tea Program
Andre’s Bistro & Bar has launched an afternoon tea program, available Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and priced at $26 per adult and $15 per child. Highlights of the tea selection are Tai Ping Hou Kui, an organic green tea with distinctive notes of bamboo leaf; Old Tree Yunnan–Lao Shu Dian Hong with unique wild flower aroma and complex finish; and Rock Wulong Tea–Rou Gui with complex flavors. The sandwich selection consists of smoked Scottish salmon with asparagus spears, chicken salad with cranberries and walnuts, fresh dill cream cheese and English cucumbers and egg salad. Also included are soup du jour and an assortment of English style scones (served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd and preserves), breads, French pastries and desserts. Offered at an additional cost are a High Tea Fizz cocktail for $14, Collet Brut Champagne for $16, Bichot Cremant De Bourgogne Rosé for $10 and bottomless mimosas for $24. View the complete menu. Andre’s Bistro & Bar, 6115 S. Fort Apache Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89148, 702-798-7151.
 
Masso Osteria Launches New Daily Social Hour Menu
Scott Conant’s Masso Osteria at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has launched a new social hour menu, available in the bar daily from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Priced from $3.50-$15, food items include spiced almonds ($3.50), mortadella and burrata on house-made focaccia ($9), chef’s selection of three salumi and formaggi ($15), short rib polpette ($9), balsamic glazed pork ribs ($11) and pizza of the week ($11). Drink specials are seasonal selections of $5 glasses of wine, $6 cocktails and $4 select brews. Masso Osteria, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-797-7097.
 
Martorano’s Offering Summer Tasting Menu
This summer, Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas is offering a three-course tasting menu of chef/owner Steve Martorano’s signature Italian-American dishes for $50 per person. The menu includes a choice of beef carpaccio, homemade mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, Martorano salad or Caesar salad; main course of chicken Marsala, chicken Parmigiana, penne Parmesan cream or spaghetti D.O.P.; and dessert of homemade panna cotta. An optional wine pairing is available for an additional $25. Details of the full menu can be viewed here. Martorano’s, Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
 
MB Steak Launches Daily Social Hour
MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has launched a Social Hour featuring special pricing on cocktails, wines by the glass and beer. Available exclusively in the bar and lounge from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, offerings include $9 craft and barrel-aged cocktails, like classic martinis and Manhattans; $9 wines by the glass, selected by wine director Mark Hefter; and $5 domestic and imported beers. Served throughout Social Hour is a complimentary, rotating selection of signature “light bites” such as crispy tobacco onions, sprinkled with smoked paprika; calamari paired with two dipping sauces; and fresh heirloom tomato and burrata salad bites with aged balsamic, arugula pesto and spiced almond. MB Steak offers a complimentary private valet and entrance, accessible from Harmon Avenue. MB Steak, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-483-4888.
 
Weekend Lunch Trio Menu at Delmonico Steakhouse
Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian is offering a three-course weekend lunch menu for $38 every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through summer. While lunch menu items are subject to change based on seasonality and availability, options may include a choice of heirloom tomato soup with whipped ricotta and fresh basil, organic baby mixed green salad, French onion soup or beef carpaccio; bacon cheeseburger with apple bacon and sea salt fries, torchio pasta with wild mushrooms, Creekstone Farms Angus tenderloin salad, Creekstone Farms Angus tenderloin sandwich with sweet onion rings, fried young chicken with warm black-eyed pea salad or grilled all-natural chicken sandwich with fingerling potato salad; and banana cream parfait with caramel sauce, German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting or pecan pie with oatmeal shortbread crust, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. In addition, bottomless sangría is available for $17. Delmonico Steakhouse, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1992.
 

UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS

Chef Geno Bernardo has left his corporate position with the Hakkasan Group where he was executive chef at the ocean-to-table concept Herringbone at Aria. Taking over the executive chef position at Herringbone is Marty Lopez, who has more than 15 years of experience working for high-profile Las Vegas restaurants, including executive chef positions at Andre’s Bistro & Bar and 35 Steaks + Martinis; and in 2012 was part of the opening team for Bacchanal Buffet and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. He has also worked in the kitchens of Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian and The Capital Grille at Fashion Show Mall and was mentored by chef André Rochat while he worked at Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo Resort, Alizé at the Top of the Palms and Mistral. The restaurant has rolled out a new menu, with 90 percent new items created by chef Lopez. Herringbone, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-590-9898.
 
Andre’s Bistro & Bar has announced the appointment of executive chef Chris Bulen and chef de cuisine Kevin Lopez to its culinary team, both of whom have nearly 20 years of experience working alongside André Rochat at his restaurants. Prior to joining Andre’s Bistro & Bar, Bulen was executive chef at Alizé at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort and Andre’s Restaurant & Cigar Lounge at the former Monte Carlo, where he was involved in supervising kitchen staff, purchasing, menu development and quality control. Lopez has worked in restaurants including Alex and The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas and Le Cirque at Bellagio, and prior to his new position, worked under Rochat as a sous chef at Andre’s Restaurant & Cigar Lounge in 2012, where he remained until its 2016 closing. Andre’s Bistro & Bar, 6115 S. Fort Apache Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89148, 702-798-7151.
 
John Church has announced he will be leaving his executive chef role at Aureole to take the corporate chef position and become head of culinary development for Golden Entertainment. One of his first tasks in his new position will be revamping the Stratosphere’s restaurants, including Top of the World, and creating a pub and a steakhouse at the casino/hotel just north of the Vegas Strip, which was recently acquired by Golden Entertainment. Church will also be rebranding the culinary programs at other restaurants in Golden Entertainment’s holdings, which include PT’s, Arizona Charlie’s and casinos in Pahrump, Nev., Laughlin, Nev. and Flintstone, Md. Church has been at Aureole in Mandalay Bay since 2016 and before that had worked at Andre’s, Alize, RM Seafood, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, AJ’s Steakhouse, MTO Café and Artisanal Café. It has not yet been announced who will be replacing him at Aureole. Aureole, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7401.
 

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG) closed three of its Las Vegas restaurants Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG) has closed three of its Las Vegas restaurants: Carnevino at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria at The Venetian. Carnevino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-789-4141.
 

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