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 and 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 and 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 Burger & 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 Burger & 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 will open Borracha Mexican Cantina inside Green Valley Ranch. The restaurant and bar will pay 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 will be helmed by Jesus "Chuy" Villegas, and his menu will feature 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 will also host 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 will debut Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on May 16. This will be the second location of the restaurant, bar and lounge, which originated in 2010 in New York City. The 10,000-square-foot space will celebrate the beauty of jewels in all forms. Guests will enter through a gritty, pawn shop-inspired space 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,” will offer 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.
On April 4, MGM Resorts International will debut The Park, a new entertainment district on the Vegas Strip. The Park will offer an eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and outdoor spaces and will connect 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, will also open on April 4, serving 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 will also be stationed at every table. Other confirmed dining partners to open in The Park include Shake Shack, California Pizza Kitchen, Sake Rok and fast-casual waffle restaurant Bruxie.
Libre Mexican Cantina has opened at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in the former space of Mercadito. The colorful décor designed by Alessandro Munge of Munge Studios features cartoon-like caricatures of Mexican freestyle wrestling lucha libre; lime green upholstered booths, archways and tiles; and wood tabletops. The menu designed by Clique Hospitality partner Brian Massie includes items such as short rib molcajate, queso fundido, carne asada skirt steak and brown rice bowls with choice of chicken, mahi mahi, carne asada or tofu. The menu also includes a prominent vegan selection and several gluten-free items including grilled portobello taco, coconut ceviche and chili rellenos. Complementing the cuisine are signature cocktails, a collection of more than 50 tequilas and dessert options including tres leche with lemon curd and cinnamon churro ice cream sandwich. A daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m offers drinks and menu items for $6. Libre Mexican Cantina, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-478-5118.
The Southern California-based PizzaRev has opened its first location in Southern Nevada at Sunset Road and Stephanie Street in Henderson. The craft-your-own pizza concept allows guests to choose their own sauce, cheese, proteins and veggies, with unlimited toppings priced at $7.99 for an 11-inch pie. There are also vegan cheese and gluten-free dough options. After staff assembles the pizza in an assembly line-like process, the pizza is cooked in in a 900-degree oven in three minutes. Also offered are craft-your-own salads, cookies, dessert pizza and craft beer and wine. PizzaRev is open daily for lunch and dinner. PizzaRev, 1381 W. Sunset Rd.#100, Henderson, NV 89014, 702-776-7171.
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.
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.
DB Brasserie Serving Vegetarian Spring-themed Menu May 15-21
Vegetarians, rejoice! From May 15 to May 21, DB Brasserie at The Venetian will feature The Spring Garden Tasting --- an all-vegetarian tasting menu celebrating the season of renewal and warm weather. Offered for dinner beginning at 5 p.m., the multi-course menu will cost $75 plus tax and tip and include canapés of tomato-mozzarella and basil arancini, sweet and sour eggplant tartine and gougères au comté; spring pea soup with crème fraîche and rosemary; beets baked in seaweed-salt crust with black cardamom, horseradish and chive aioli; wild mushroom vol-au-vent with young root vegetables and asparagus; and wild berries and a pistachio sundae. DB Brasserie, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-430-1235.
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria Celebrates 9th Anniversary with Specials Throughout April
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria at The Venetian will celebrate its ninth birthday on April 25, and to commemorate the occasion, the restaurant will offer a few deals throughout its birth month. At lunch, guests might pick from select items on the Antipasti – Verdure (vegetable) menu for $9; for dinner, the best of Otto’s menu is packaged in the Tasting for Two offer, which consists of appetizers, entrées and desserts for two people for $99. In addition, the restaurant will offer its refreshing Venetian Spritz cocktail made with Prosecco, Aperol and soda for $9 a glass. Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-677-3390.
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.
Golden Nugget Launches Sip and Stroll Promotion During April
Offered through the month of April, The Golden Nugget’s new Sip and Stroll promotion allows guests to enjoy eight signature cocktails at eight of the resort's bars and restaurants for $40 per person. Participating venues include Bar 46, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, Chart House, The Grotto, Ice Bar, Red Sushi, Rush Lounge and Vic & Anthony's. Participants receive one drink per location. Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, 129 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-7111, 800-846-5336.
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.
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.
Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace has appointed Julien Asseo as its new executive chef. Asseo hails from Libourne, France, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in culinary arts at the Lycée Hôtelier de Gascogne, near Bordeaux. After graduating, he worked in Paris at La Fontain de Mars, where he advanced from commis to chef de partie. In 2009, Asseo had the opportunity to open Rivera in Los Angeles as sous chef, and in 2009, he came to Las Vegas and worked under renowned chefs Rick Moonen and Joël Robuchon in their establishments. He came to Restaurant Guy Savoy in 2011, where he began as sous chef and eventually advanced to chef de cuisine and studied extensively under chef Savoy, as well as former executive chef Mathieu Chartron. Restaurant Guy Savoy, Caesars Palace, Augustus Tower, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-SAVOY (7286); 877-346-4642.
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.
The tropical-themed Kahunaville Island Restaurant & Party Bar at Treasure Island has closed. The venue known for its flair bar, frozen margaritas and Island Heat show opened in August 2001. Treasure Island has plans to demolish the 17,562-square-foot space, but a replacement for the space has not yet been announced. Kahunaville, Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
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