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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

Tropicana Las Vegas will unveil its new Savor, the Buffet on November 22. Set in the space of the former Beach Café, the 5,384-square-foot all-you-can-eat restaurant will feature four live action stations with cuisines including American, Asian, Italian and Mexican and showcasing fresh, made-to-order pizza and pasta. Highlights will include dishes such as a BLT Benedict, chicken scaloppini with prosciutto and white beans, and green chile enchiladas. Savor, the Buffet will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with prices starting at $21.95 for breakfast, $26.95 for lunch and $31.95-$34.95 for dinner. To-go options will also be available. Savor, the Buffet, Tropicana Las Vegas, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Pronto by Giada will open at Caesars Palace in early 2018 Chef, author and TV personality Giada De Laurentiis will open her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace in early 2018. It is her second eatery on the Vegas Strip, joining Giada across the street at The Cromwell. It will be located in the Payard Patisserie & Bistro space adjacent to Bacchanal Buffet and MR CHOW and will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options. As the name implies, Pronto will be a fast-casual format. “This will be a great introduction to my food and brand, as it’s the lighter side of Italian with a fresh, California influence,” said De Laurentiis. “It will be perfect for a fast bite, and then guests can go across the street for a finer-dining experience.” Expect pastries, sandwiches, made-to-order smoothies, paninis, salads, antipasti, formaggi and salumi platters, gelato, sorbetto, cookies, cakes, an extensive coffee program, wine on tap and cocktails. Pronto by Giada, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Burgerim has opened in Las Vegas Burgerim, an international franchise that began in Israel in 2011 and is now operating more than 200 locations in 16 countries, has opened its first outpost in Nevada on Bermuda Road near Silverado Ranch. The name in Hebrew is translated as "many burgers," and the restaurant serves self-described "gourmet food fast." Patrons customize 2.8-ounce mini burgers, which are slightly larger than sliders, selecting from three buns, five sauces, 11 patties and 21 toppings. Patties come in beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, salmon, merguez, Wagyu beef, veggie, falafel, Spanish beef and dry-aged beef; and toppings include pineapple, jalapeño, avocado, bacon, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms and fried egg. Chicken wings, salads, sandwiches, fries, onion rings, desserts, beer and wine are available, too. Burgerim is open daily: Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Burgerim, 9635 Bermuda Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89123, 702-724-9400.
 
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.
 
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 in Winter 2017/2018. 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.
 
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

Twin Creeks Steakhouse December Specials
Twin Creeks Steakhouse at Silverton Casino Hotel will offer a three-course cowboy meal deal priced at $50 during the National Finals Rodeo. The special, available Dec. 7-10 and Dec. 13-16, will include campfire bacon-wrapped shrimp with chipotle BBQ sauce and corn pudding; bourbon braised lamb shank with smoky white bean ragoût and fried Tabasco onions; and a sweet banana pudding jar with maple cream and streusel crumble. In addition, every Friday in December the Steakhouse will offer a house salad, six-ounce filet mignon, baked potato, dessert selection and a glass of wine for $50 per person. Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Silverton Casino Hotel, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-914-8594, 866-946-4373.
 
Sage Offering Free Champagne to Guests Tagging on Social Media
Chef Shawn McClain’s Sage at Aria Resort & Casino is offering a free bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne to guests when they use social media to hashtag or tag the restaurant while dining at the restaurant. The deal is being offered nightly through the end of 2017. Sage, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
 
Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina Daily Happy Hour & Specials
In addition to its daily happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. featuring half-off starters, $5 Bandito Margaritas and $5 draft beer, Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina is now offering all-day-long specials for nearly every day of the week. Specials are Monday: $5 Bandito and Sandia Margaritas; Tuesday: two-for-one taco platters; Wednesday: half-off bottles of wine; Thursday: half-off drinks for industry pros; and Saturday and Sunday: extended happy hour pricing from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina, Hughes Center, 325 Hughes Center Dr., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-857-7550.
 
Orleans Hotel & Casino Debuts All-New Medley Buffet
Orleans Hotel & Casino closed its French Market Buffet in May and after a $4.5 million remodel has reopened it as Medley Buffet. The former Bourbon Street theme has been replaced with a contemporary-garden aesthetic, with décor elements reminiscent of an artisan kitchen, with rustic kitchenware accenting the room. The new rendition’s offerings are more upscale, with teams of specialized chefs preparing guests’ meals at eight cooking stations: Italian (cooked-to-order pizzas and pastas), Mexican (made-to-order tacos), American (carving stations with ham, turkey, kielbasa and roast beef), Seafood (crab legs, oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp and ceviche), Asian (sushi and dim sum), Barbeque (brisket, beef short ribs and prime rib), Deli (soups, salad bar, cold cuts and cheese trays) and Desserts (18 varieties of ice cream). Breakfast $11.99, Sunday Champagne Brunch $20.99, Lunch $14.99, Dinner $20.99 and Friday seafood night (with specialty items at each station) $31.99. Medley Buffet, Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-365-7111.
 
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway Introduces ‘Happy Afternoon’ Menu
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas has introduced a ‘Happy Afternoon’ menu featuring special pricing on wine, spirits, draft beers and small plates. Available daily from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., wine selections include Esperto Pinot Grigio and Ballard Lane Cabernet for $8 per glass; spirits range from Skyy Vodka to Jim Beam Bourbon, Gilbey’s Gin, Don Q Rum and Jose Cuervo Traditional Tequila for $8; and draft selections include Stella Artois, Guinness, Dragon Milk Stout and local Big Dog’s Las Vegas Lager, among others, with prices between $5-$11. Small plates are salmon sashimi tostada with pickled red onions for $12; bacon-wrapped dates with blue cheese fondue for $10; mini burgers with chipotle mayo and mushroom duxelle for $12; tomato micro mozzarella flatbread for $13; and charcuterie options, including salumi Wagyu, soppressata and Mahón for $4 each. La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7375.
 
CRAFTkitchen Offering To-Go Thanksgiving Sides & Desserts
If you want to cook your own turkey but not be bothered with creating sides, CRAFTkitchen in Henderson is offering several take-home Thanksgiving favorites. Menu items include pumpkin soup with spiced brioche croutons ($15.95 per quart), house-made cranberry sage stuffing with homemade ciabatta croutons ($27.95), black truffle whipped potatoes with fresh black truffle ($27.95), vanilla bean orange cranberry compote ($7.95 per pint), and honey roasted sweet potatoes topped with a handmade cinnamon marshmallow ($19.95). The sides serve 8 to 10 people. For dessert, options include the fun Rice Krispie Treat “Turkey Legs” ($3.50 each), pecan pie ($15.95), pumpkin cheesecake ($19.95) and the classic pumpkin pie ($12.95). Orders must be picked up the day before Thanksgiving prior to 6 p.m. CRAFTkitchen, 10940 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson, NV 89052, 702-728-5828.
 
Lotus of Siam Finds New Home
Lotus of Siam has been closed since heavy rains caused its roof to collapse at its location at 953 E. Sahara Ave. in Commercial Center on September 11. Now the acclaimed Thai restaurant has announced on its Facebook page that it will temporarily relocate to 620 E. Flamingo Rd. (near Paradise in the space formerly occupied by Roy’s) and reopen by November 1. Also indicated on the post was that Lotus of Siam will move back to its home in Commercial Center where it has resided since 1989 once the repairs have been completed and will have a second outpost as well. It has not been announced if the second outpost will be at its new E. Flamingo Rd. spot or another undisclosed address.
 
Local restaurants donated meals after tragedy in Las Vegas Local Restaurants Donate Meals after Tragedy in Las Vegas
On October 1st, Las Vegas suffered an unthinkable tragedy, as a gunman fired upon attendees of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, killing 58 and wounding nearly 500. Amidst this act of pure evil were countless tales of heroism as first responders, concert goers and members of the community aided victims. In the days that followed an outpouring of help flowed from the community, as hotels donated rooms, Uber and Lyft provided free rides to and from nearby hospitals and blood donation centers and droves spent up to eight hours waiting in line to donate blood. Local restaurants did their part as well, providing about a thousand free meals a day in the week following the tragedy to medical staff, first responders, families of victims and to those who donated blood. While this is just a fraction of the restaurants that donated meals, they included The Black Sheep, Border Grill, The Bootlegger Bistro, Bouchon, Burgerim, Charlie Palmer Steak, Delmonico Steakhouse, Chica, Evel Pie, Fleur by Hubert Keller, Nacho Daddy, Siegel’s 1941, Sparrow + Wolf, Urban Turban and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. You can help by donating to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund on the GoFundMe page.
 
Ferraro’s Offering Pre-game Four Course Meal for Vegas Knights NHL Hockey Games
Ferraro's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is welcoming the Vegas Knights, Las Vegas’ first NHL professional hockey team, with a pre-game four-course meal experience for select games on Oct. 10, 17, 21 and 24 and Nov. 10, 24 and 28. The $55 (plus tax and tip) package features dinner at 5:30 p.m., two hours prior to game time, and roundtrip transportation to and from the arena. The menu includes choice of grilled homemade spicy sausage, calamari fritti, classic Caesar salad, heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella or marinated Mediterranean octopus; spaghetti aglio e olio, gnocchi pomodoro, bucatini amatriciana or risotto aragosta ($5 upcharge); chicken parmigiana, veal scaloppini, Mediterranean seabass fillet, Scottish salmon, seared tenderloin or ossobuco braised in red wine ($12 upcharge); and Ferraro’s dessert sampler. To reserve, call 702-364-5300 or email events@ferraroslasvegas.com. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300.
 
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.
 

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.
 

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Four more restaurant closings took place at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino as it transitions into Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas. Adding to the list of closures are Diablo’s Cantina, Sambalatte, 800 Degrees (which will soon relocate to New York-New York Hotel & Casino) and Minus5 Ice Bar. There are now only three dining options currently still open on property: Double Barrel Roadhouse and the newly-launched Primrose for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar. These and the previous closings of Andre’s, d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar, Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar, The Buffet at Monte Carlo, BLVD Creamery, Starbucks, Manchu Wok, Subway, Rubio's, Sbarro's, Johnny Rockets and Original Chicken Tender are to make room for the substantial Eataly project from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich opening in 2018, which will feature a 40,000-square-foot European-inspired food hall. Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7777, 888-529-4828.
 
After being open since 1998, the classic steak and seafood restaurant McCormick & Schmick’s at Hughes Center closed unexpectedly on September 23. But the 10,346-square-foot building did not stay vacant for long, as parent company Landry’s Inc. replaced it with one of its concepts, Claim Jumper, and shuttered the Claim Jumper location at Town Square, which had been open at that locale for nine years. The new Claim Jumper is open daily for lunch and dinner. A replacement for the space at Town Square has not yet been announced. McCormick & Schmick’s, The Row at Hughes Center, 335 Hughes Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89169, no phone.
 

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