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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, a Miami destination since 2010, has opened a Vegas location at The Venetian’s Restaurant Row. The 6,376-square-foot restaurant features a raw bar, robata grill and an open traditional kitchen and is led by executive chef and partner Timon Balloo alongside newly appointed Las Vegas executive chef Ryan Nuqui. Décor is inspired by Cuban and Latin American architecture, with wrought-iron detailing, vintage lighting, inlaid wood flooring and tray ceilings trimmed in rich red hues. A menu of globally-inspired small plates includes sea urchin tostada with oceanic sweet roe, jalapeño and an al pastor jam; shellfish hot pot rice cooked in a broth with clams, cuttlefish and Alaskan king crab; West Coast snapper ceviche with aji amarillo, sweet potato and crispy maiz cancha; and bacon-wrapped dates with linguiça and manchego. A 76-seat bar and lounge area offers a vast rum display, one of the largest collections in Las Vegas. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-2263, 877-883-6423.
 
Fast-casual hot dog concept Papaya King has branched out to open its first location beyond NYC, at Harmon Square across from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The new Vegas spot is nearly three times larger than the three NYC outlets and serves several hot dog variants, such as the Upper East with pastrami, pickle chips and sauerkraut; tropical drinks including banana daiquiri, coconut champagne, papaya and piña colada; and fried pickles, fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, knishes, chicken sandwiches and corn dogs. Like the original 84-year-old restaurant, which began on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this outpost sports a distinctive easy-to-spot yellow neon sign. Papaya King is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Papaya King, Harmon Square, 4503 Paradise Rd., Ste. 350, Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-685-8769.
 
Taco Bell Cantina has debuted at the Harmon Corner on the Vegas Strip across the street from CityCenter. It’s the chain’s 7,000th restaurant. Open 24 hours a day, the two-story booze-serving flagship features an open kitchen; tapas-style appetizers in addition to the regular Taco Bell menu; an outdoor patio; a retail shop selling Taco Bell merchandise and memorabilia; an occasional DJ; and a Freeze Wall with eight different flavors (margarita, cola, pina colada, lemonade, orange, baja blast, cherry and blue raspberry) that can be customized with gin, vodka, rum, tequila and whiskey. Taco Bell Cantina, Harmon Corner, 3717 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 140-A, Las Vegas, NV 89109, No phone.
 
Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall has opened its newest dining concept, the Big Mess Bar-BQ. Located in the Mystic Falls Park atrium, the patio seating offers a view of the Park and a serene environment, while the dining room has intimate booths or combinable tables. The genuine smokehouse barbecue restaurant serves meats that are dry-rubbed and smoked in-house in a massive smoker. Platters, which are served with cornbread and two sides, include Texas-style dry-rubbed smoked beef brisket, Bar-BQ-roasted chicken, Carolina pulled pork shoulder, Bar-BQ-smoked pork spare ribs and smoked and grilled sausage. Handcrafted sides range from potato salad to sweet potato and classic French fries, mac and cheese, collard greens and hushpuppies. Among the appetizers and desserts are fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs and three selections of pie: pecan, apple and sweet potato. Big Mess is open Wednesday through Sunday at 4 p.m. for dine-in and carry-out. Big Mess Bar-BQ, Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, 5111 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas, NV 89122, 702-456-7777, 800-634-6371.
 
Sin City Brewing Co. has once again expanded, and has opened its fourth location on the Vegas Strip at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s. The new branch has a convenient walk-up bar and is the first to offer outdoor seating. “There’s nothing better than drinking a beer outside with your friends on a sunny day,” said Rich Johnson, Sin City’s master brewer, “It’s always been a dream of mine to open an outdoor drinking destination on The Strip and we’re looking forward to sharing our craft beer at Grand Bazaar Shops.” The pub serves Sin City’s five signature beers: Amber, Light, IPA, Weisse and Stout as well as a rotating seasonal selection. Sin City Brewing Co., Bally's Las Vegas, Grand Bazaar Shops, 3635 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-489-5498.
 
Gordon Ramsay has opened his fourth restaurant in Las Vegas, his Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The LINQ Promenade near the Strip entrance, joining Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace and Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. The quick service outlet allows guests to view the chefs in action as they prepare the made-to-order menu items that include battered sustainable Alaskan cod filets, sausage, gulf shrimp, chicken and a fish sandwich. Hand-cut chips are offered slightly salted or seasoned with truffle and Parmesan; chipotle, jalapeño and chorizo; or cacciatore spice and fresh basil. In addition, sweets including the Sticky Toffee Pudding shake are available. Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips is open daily from 11 a.m. with indoor and outdoor seating for more than 40 guests. Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, The LINQ Promenade, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 800-634-6441; 702-322-0529.
 
Roasted chicken for two is one of the signature dishes at The NoMad restaurant Monte Carlo Resort & Casino has closed its pool, as well as outlets located along Street of Dreams, including The Pub. The closures are part of the resort’s $450 million renovation. By the end of 2018, the property will become two hotels: the 2,700-room Park MGM and the 292-room NoMad Las Vegas, which will occupy the top three floors and be part of New York’s Sydell Group. The NoMad will be home to The NoMad restaurant, helmed by chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. Park MGM will boast Italian marketplace Eataly, a venue by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, with cafes, to-go counters and full-service restaurants with products from sustainable Italian and local producers. Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7777, 888-529-4828.
 
Parmesan churros at Libertine Social Chef Shawn McClain has opened Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay. Located on the casino level next to Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, the gastropub serves New American bar food alongside cocktails by “modern mixologist” Tony Abou-Ganim. Murals by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz 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 offers artisanal flatbreads, creative toasts and dips, seasonal salads, mesquite-fired steaks and cocktail-inspired desserts. 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, 702-632-7558.
 
The Palm steakhouse at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has re-opened following renovations. The Palm, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-732-7256.
 
Cornerstone, a classic American steakhouse, is now open at Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. The distinctive decor features classic steakhouse touches mixed with contemporary stylings, including vintage photographs interspersed with modern artworks and hues of black and white with splashes of cerulean blue — with a blue-silk-shaded chandelier in the center of the space accenting the room for a modern twist. Traditional steakhouse menu offerings include eight different cuts of beef; nine different toppings; 12 sides to share, such as bacon green beans or lobster mac and cheese; and desserts including limoncello cake layered with mascarpone pastry cream and infused with limoncello liqueur served with a shot of the namesake spirit. Cornerstone’s signature “liquor library” stocks more than 60 Scotch, bourbon, rye and small-batch whiskeys from around the world, with a varied selection of whiskey flights available. Cornerstone is open daily for dinner. Cornerstone, 4000 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-367-7111, 888-402-6278.
 
Celebrity chef Robert Irvine will open his first restaurant at Tropicana Las Vegas in 2017 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).
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Shake Shack Offering Holiday-Themed Shakes
Shake Shack normally has a shake of the month, but through January 1, 2017, it will feature three holiday-themed shakes. Priced at $5.79 each, the flavors are Pumpkin Pie, Christmas Cookie and Chocolate Peppermint. There are three Shake Shack locations in Las Vegas: New York-New York Hotel & Casino (3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd.); T-Mobile Arena (3780 S. Las Vegas Blvd.); and Downtown Summerlin (10975 Oval Park Dr.).
 
Orleans & Gold Coast Drink and Dining Specials
Orleans Hotel & Casino and Gold Coast Hotel & Casino will observe landmark anniversaries in December 2016 – the former celebrating its 20th and the latter its 30th. Buffet and drink specials are being offered from December 2-24. Both resorts will offer $1 drink specials at all casino bars and two-for-one pricing at the Gold Coast’s Ports O’Call Buffet and at the Orleans’ French Market Buffet. On December 20, a cake and Champagne celebration with Boyd Gaming executive chairman and co-founder Bill Boyd will take place at 1 p.m. at the Orleans and at 3 p.m. at the Gold Coast. Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 702-365-7111; Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, 4000 W. Flamingo Rd., 702-367-7111.
 
Pub 365 at Tuscany Suites & Casino will begin offering an executive lunch menu on January 1, 2017 Upcoming Executive Lunch Menu at Pub 365
On January 1, 2017, Pub 365 at Tuscany Suites & Casino will begin offering an executive lunch menu Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that is guaranteed to be served within 15 minutes or the meal is complimentary. Priced at $9.95, it will include pub chips and a fountain drink or iced tea with choices of coffee-rubbed brisket, a chicken pesto panino, pastrami Reuben, classic Cuban panino and trio of Angus beef sliders with french fries. Guests will have the option of upgrading to a premium non-alcoholic beverage or beer for $2 more. Pub 365, Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-893-8933, 877-TUSCAN 1.
 
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Offering All Day Discount Card to Nevada Residents
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is offering Happy All Day & Night Cards with deals for Nevada residents every Wednesday. Cardholders receive 20 percent off lunch and dinner menus at Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú Asian Kitchen; two-for-one cocktails at all casino bars and Goose Island Pub from 4 p.m. to midnight; complimentary Goose Island beer flight with any food purchase at Goose Island Pub; and live entertainment, aerialists, drawings and giveaways at Center Bar from 4-8 p.m. Nevada residents can show their ID’s on property at the casino cage, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú Asian Kitchen to obtain a Happy All Day & Night Card. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
 
Hakkasan Featuring Only At Menu
Hakkasan restaurants around the world will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the original Hakkasan in London’s Hanway Place by launching local Only At menu that represent the individuality of each restaurant and its location, featuring dishes and cocktails exclusive to each restaurant. The Only At Las Vegas menu’s six dishes are crispy quail with Chinese wine and chili sauce, steamed Chilean seabass in spring onion and Shaoxing wine, shrimp claypot with black pepper and vermicelli, stir-fried scallop with asparagus and macadamia nut, stir-fried lobster in lemongrass with tobiko, and crispy roasted duck with kumquat and Chinese mustard. In addition, the cocktails feature a range of varied spirits such as Buddha’s Palm combining Maker’s 46 bourbon, Velvet Falernum, yuzu juice, yuzu marmalade, black grapes, white balsamic vinegar and mint; and Agave No. 8 with Avion Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, lime, cinnamon and blood orange. Hakkasan, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7888.
 
Carnevino Offering The Martini Lunch
Carnevino at The Palazzo is now offering The Martini Lunch. Priced at $65 per person, the meal comprises two martinis and three courses, all of which can be served within an hour. The martini selection includes Manhattan (rye, sweet vermouth and bitters), English cucumber (Hendrick's, St-Germain and lime), blood orange cosmo (Grey Goose Citron vodka and Cointreau) and classic (choice of vodka or gin with Castelvetrano olives). The food courses consist of a choice of little gem salad (tomatoes, ricotta salata and herbs), grilled octopus or carne cruda (chopped-to-order steak tartare); choice of tagliatelle Bolognese, salmon or filet mignon with Tuscan fries; and dessert of corn panna cotta (blueberry thyme conserva and lime zest) or bomboloni (strawberry jam and sweet mascarpone). The price without martinis is $50 and some of the dishes have an added charge of $5-$10. To make reservations, call 702-789-4141 or visit OpenTable.com. Carnevino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-789-4141.
 
Andiron Steak & Sea Now Open for Lunch with New Menu
Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin has expanded its service to include lunch, served Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in addition to its Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and nightly dinner service from 5 p.m. Standout items on the new lunch menu include heirloom tomatoes paired with feta cheese, basil, pickled watermelon and olive oil; burrata & roasted peaches with toasted pistachios, locally-grown peaches and white balsamic; BLT with maple-glazed thick cut bacon, lemon aioli and crisp greens on grilled whole wheat bread; and beer battered fish & chips made with Alaskan cod. An especially good deal is the three-course Power Lunch, priced at $26, consisting of choice of Caesar salad, little gem salad with buttermilk blue cheese or sweet corn soup with lump crab; choice of roasted chicken breast or petit filet; and dessert of crème brulee donut. Andiron Steak & Sea, Downtown Summerlin, 1720 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-685-8002.
 
Lagasse’s Stadium Kicks Off Football Season with NFL Team Menus
Scott Pajak, chef de cuisine of Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo, has created special menus that pay tribute to NFL teams competing on Monday and Thursday night televised games. Each week, menu items will reflect the teams’ homes --- think Emeril's signature BBQ shrimp and grits for the New Orleans Saints and a Carolina-style pulled pork sandwich for the Carolina Panthers. For the New England Patriots, there are lobster sliders; for the Buffalo Bills, guests might order up a Buffalo chicken grilled cheese. The restuarant also boasts more than 100 high-definition televisions, including a main screen that's 9 feet by 16 feet. There are also luxury boxes, plush stadium-style seating and a race and sports book. Lagasse’s Stadium, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2665.
 

UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS

After a nearly 10 year stint as executive chef at Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Eric Klein has left the restaurant and will move on to head up the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group Catering in Los Angeles. Replacing Klein is Mark Andelbradt, who will move over from Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Downtown Summerlin. Taking over at Downtown Summerlin is Spencer Rudow, who most recently worked alongside Klein as executive sous chef at Spago, and prior to that was at Cucina by Wolfgang Puck at The Shops at Crystals and at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Spago, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-369-6300.
 
Jean Paul Labadie has been apppointed the new chef de cuisine of Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand. Chef Labadie, a graduate of Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, brings more than 20 years of culinary experience and rejoins the Emeril's team after initially working under Emeril Lagasse at Emeril’s Fish House in New Orleans in 1996 and later in Las Vegas at Emeril’s Fish House at the MGM Grand and at Table 10 at The Palazzo. As chef de cuisine, Labadie will be directly involved with managing the kitchen, hiring new culinary staff and introducing new entree items to the menu. Recently Labadie was the chef de cuisine at Searsucker at Caesars Palace. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7374.
 

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

After 19 years, Harley Davidson Cafe has closed. The café was an iconic landmark and was one of the few non-resort restaurants in the heart of the Vegas Strip. It was known for its Chopper Wedding Chapel; the “World’s Heaviest Flag” weighing seven tons, made of 44,000 links of chain; an interior featuring Harley-Davidson choppers and walls covered with memorabilia; and a menu of casual American fare including burgers, sandwiches and barbecue. In October the voluminous memorabilia was auctioned off. It has not yet been announced if the concept will be relocated, nor is there any news of a possible replacement. Harley Davidson Cafe, 3725 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Aureole will re-open with an updated dining concept Chef Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay has been open since 1999 and has distinguished itself with a stellar 3,000 bottle wine program and four-story wine tower with its Wine Angel Stewards, who gracefully ascend the tower to retrieve bottles. Now, the restaurant has begun a transformation, closing temporarily as of November 27th. It will re-open in late December with an updated dining concept. Chef Palmer has also tapped standout Las Vegas chef Johnny Church (whose resume includes previous positions at RM Seafood, Rx Boiler Room, MTO Café, Andre’s and Aureole), to lead the kitchen as executive chef; and wine and fine dining service authority Timothy Staehling, who recently managed Ironside Fish & Oyster in San Diego, to oversee restaurant operations as general manager. Aureole, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7401.
 
DB Brasserie will close in mid-January 2017 DB Brasserie, the restaurant designed like a classic Beaux Arts train station that Daniel Boulud opened at The Venetian in 2014, will be closing. A press announcement from Boulud and the Dinex Group stated, “We have made a common decision with the Sands group that in mid-January 2017 we will be closing DB Brasserie at The Venetian…at this time we want to put all our focus on our other restaurants, our partners, and the future developments of our group." DB Brasserie, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-430-1235.
 
Both locations of i♥burgers at The Venetian and in Town Square have closed without prior notice. A message on the restaurant website from i♥burgers Management states, “We would like to thank our loyal guests and employees who have made the last six years a wonderful experience, but both i♥burgers locations in Las Vegas have closed.” Both restaurants opened in 2011 and were part of the LEV Restaurant Group and known for serving beef, buffalo, turkey and vegan burgers with creative toppings and spiked milkshakes. Neither The Venetian nor Town Square have announced a replacement. i♥burgers, Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, no phone.
 
Andre’s Monte Carlo closed after service on October 5, 2016 Andre’s Monte Carlo closed after service on October 5, 2016. The press statement read, "This October, Andre's Restaurant & Cigar Lounge at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino will be closing. The legacy that was built by André Rochat more than 35 years ago will continue; management will announce the next chapter for Andre’s shortly. We have enjoyed a fortuitous relationship with MGM Resorts International since Andre's opened in 1997. We look forward to the future and thank our colleagues and community for their ongoing support and patronage." Andre’s Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-798-7151.
 
Japanese Cuisine by Omae, helmed by chef Takeshi Omae, has shuttered. Japanese Cuisine by Omae, 3650 S. Decatur Blvd. #26, Las Vegas, NV 89101, no phone.
 
Rouge Lounge at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has closed. Losers Bar, a dive bar concept from Nashville, will open in the space in December 2016. Rouge Lounge, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 

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