Anchor Bar, the Buffalo, NY institution that invented the original Buffalo wing in 1964, has opened its first West Coast outpost in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/Palazzo. The iconic wings come in the traditional flavors of mild, medium, hot, spicy hot barbecue and "suicidal;" Vegas-exclusive flavors include honey-ginger, salt and pepper, teriyaki sesame and extra mild. In addition, a mix of East Coast favorites are served, including beef on weck (thinly sliced roast beef dipped in au jus). An exclusive ice cream bar is created by local gelato impresario Luciano Pellegrino, with menu items such as handcrafted carrot and celery sorbetto pops. A selection of beer, wine and cocktails are served, including New York's Brooklyn Brown Ale and Genesee Cream Ale. Anchor Bar Las Vegas is open from 10 a.m. daily. Anchor Bar, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
Siegel’s 1941 has opened at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in the space formerly occupied by The Flame. The name and décor pay homage to Bugsy Siegel’s lust for extravagance, and the city’s past, set with floor-to-ceiling windows, tiled ceiling, vintage-style lighting, red leather booths and a display of archival artworks. The 150-seat restaurant is open 24 hours and features extensive menus filled with modern twists on classic American standards, such as roast Prime rib of beef au jus, seasonal stone crabs, matzo ball soup with challah, Irish green corned beef hash with three eggs, seven-layer lasagna Bolognese, classic shrimp scampi and a Monte Cristo with ham and Gruyère cheese. Several items are named after mobsters from the past, such as the Lucky Luciano Burger with marinara, caramelized onion, Romano cheese and fresh mozzarella; or Meyer Lansky Burger with pastrami, Swiss cheese, house-made coleslaw, pickles and Russian dressing. Siegel’s 1941, 600 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-5200, 800-634-6703.
Café 6 has opened at the Palms, in the former space of Simon, on the 6th floor of Palms Place. The restaurant features several burger options such as the 'shroom burger with a Dr. Pepper glaze; turkey dinner burger with apple cranberry marmalade; "Burn Your Face Off" with either an Angus beef patty or a chicken breast and habanero hot sauce; salmon mini burgers with salmon salad; Chicken of the Sea “sammich” with seared tuna; and the salty catch featuring beer battered cod, chips, tomato tartar sauce and old bay coleslaw. A collection of craft beers is offered, such as Petrus Aged Red Ale, Monks Café Flemish Sour Ale and Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, with pairing suggestions to complement each signature burger. With floor-to-ceiling windows, diners can enjoy views of the Palms Place Pool. Café 6 is open daily for lunch and dinner. Café 6, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-7777, 866-942-7777, 866-942-7770.
Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky has opened in The Ogden building in the former space of WILD, in Downtown Las Vegas. Named for its 2,500-square-foot footprint, the decor combines modern and old-world sensibilities with an Asian tinge, filled with black-stained reclaimed woods and copper accents. The menu offers a blank canvas for patrons to create their own ramen bowl through three steps: "Pick Your Noodle," "Pick Your Broth" and "Choose Your Topping." In addition, an array of other selections includes seaweed salad, gyoza dumplings, garlic edamame, hand rolls such as Kurobuta sausage and spicy tuna, and design-your-own rice dishes. The venue also features craft beers, Japanese sake and an array of Japanese whiskeys. Itsy Bitsy is open daily for lunch and dinner, late-night Fri.–Sat., and offers takeout and delivery to residents of The Odgen. Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-405-9393.
Station Casinos has partnered with 11-time world pizza champion Tony Gemignani to open Little Tony’s at Palace Station Hotel & Casino. Located off of the casino, the Prohibition era-themed décor features red brick walls, red leather booths and a black-and-white subway tile floor. The Italian trattoria and classic pizzeria offers a variety of Gemignani’s Italian and American pizza styles and is the exclusive home of the winner of the "World's Best Pizza" at the International Pizza Challenge in 2014 --- The Dillinger --- a cast-iron pan pizza with smoked mozzarella, chicken, broccolini, pancetta, crushed red peppers, artichokes, garlic, Alfredo sauce and three cheeses. The menu also includes a selection of pastas, calzones, Stromboli, antipasti and salads, with a focus on authentic Italian ingredients and organically grown produce. The beverage program highlights more than 90 varieties of bourbon and whiskey. Little Tony’s is open daily for lunch and dinner. Little Tony’s, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411, 800-634-3101, 888-319-4661.
Chef Bradley Manchester has opened Glutton, a restaurant featuring an eclectic menu of New American cuisine. Located on Carson Avenue, across from the Downtown Container Park in a renovated midcentury building, the design consists of stained concrete floors, exposed brick and a stone chef’s counter. Offerings include wood-oven roasted sea bream with fennel seed, Concord grape, Cara Cara orange and white balsamic; and arugula and almond wood-fired flatbread topped with goat cheese, robiola, shishito, honey and pesto. Through a partnership with local farms, a fresh salad and vegetable repertoire features dishes such as shaved apple and celery salad with torn herbs, crushed hazelnuts, Manchego cheese and Riesling vinaigrette. Desserts incorporate wood-roasted fruits, homemade ice cream and comfort-food offerings such as apple and olive oil upside-down cake with spiced pecan streusel and cider ice cream. Glutton is open daily for dinner, and Monday through Saturday for lunch. Glutton, 616 East Carson Ave, Suite 110, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-366-0623.
After a three-year break from operating his own restaurants and working as a consultant for other eateries, celebrity chef Alex Stratta has opened Tapas by Alex Stratta in Tivoli Village. The upscale-casual concept serves modern tapas with prominent Spanish accents. The 5,401-square-foot restaurant, set in the former space of Poppy Den, is washed in a rustic yellow color palette with red and white accents, with wrought iron lighting fixtures, eclectic mirrors in various sizes and original artwork inspired by chefs. The menu lists 50 items, including paella, Spanish cheeses and cured meats, fresh seafood, organic meat, poultry and seasonal vegetables. Tapas by Alex Stratta, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-483-3555.
Pizza Rock by 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani has opened a second Vegas location at Green Valley Ranch. The 7,000-square-feet eatery, located off of the casino seats more than 200. Design features include a large cocktail bar and 20-seat interactive wood-fire bar, more than 40 80-inch HD TVs with Xbox gaming systems and a full-sized 1964 Peterbilt truck extending onto the patio with a trailer full of vintage beer boxes. The 11 styles of Gemignani’s pizzas include New York/New Haven, Chicago cracker-thin, classic American, regional Italian, Roman, Sicilian, Californian, Detroit and gluten-free, and are baked in nine ovens, fired at temperatures ranging from 500 degrees to 900 degrees. To complement the pizzas, an extensive craft beer selection features beer from local breweries like Bad Beat, Banger, CraftHaus and Joseph James. Pizza Rock, 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052, 702-617-7777, 866-782-9487.
Lago by Julian Serrano has opened in the former space of Circo at Bellagio. This is the first Italian restaurant from chef Julian Serrano (Picasso, Julian Serrano). Lago by Julian Serrano, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111.
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has opened its fifth Las Vegas location, in thriving Downtown Summerlin, located near Charleston and the 215 Freeway. The décor is part of the chain’s New Chapter model for the future, with an open kitchen, rustic furnishings crafted from sustainable materials and an extensive outdoor patio dining area. Also new are menu items including fire-grilled rib eye steak, bacon and potato pizza, and hearth-roasted halibut. The new "lunch duos," offered from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., feature pizza and soup or salad for $10.95, half sandwich and soup or salad for $9.95, or soup and salad for $8.95. This new CPK is open daily from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. California Pizza Kitchen, Downtown Summerlin, 10345 Oval Park, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-978-5759.
Morels Offering Four-course Summer Tasting Menu
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo is offering a four-course $45 summer tasting menu with the choice of an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Prepared by executive chef J.L Carrera, the menu runs through August 31 and is available during lunch and dinner hours. Appetizer options include beef tenderloin tartare, oysters with mignonette and fresh horseradish, Snake River Farms slider, and crispy fried Baja California prawn. Salad options are hearts of romaine with Parmesan croutons; mixed greens and nectarines with hazelnuts and Laura Chanel goat cheese; watermelon and arugula salad with toasted pepita seeds; and Greek salad with marinated olives. Entrees include free-range chicken paillard, pan-seared Scottish salmon, lobster mac and cheese, and grilled petite filet mignon. Among desserts are chocolate mousse with chocolate toffee cookie, coconut panna cotta with Madagascar vanilla roasted pineapple, and housemade lemon meringue ice cream with fresh marshmallow. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-6333.
Trevi Introduces Ticket Promotion and Late-Night Happy Hour
Trevi inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has introduced a special offer for guests attending a show and a late-night happy hour. Available throughout the summer, guests presenting a ticket stub or receipt from a show that evening at The Colosseum or from Absinthe will receive one complimentary happy hour Bellini. The late-night happy hour, available from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, includes $6 bites, such as crab-stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta and mini cheese stuffed burgers; and drink specials of frozen Bellinis for $4, bottled beer for $5, and wine and cocktails for $7. The happy hour specials are also available from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Trevi, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-735-4663.
Hyde Bellagio Now Serving Small Plates from Julian Serrano’s Lago
Hyde Bellagio is now serving traditional Italian small plates from chef Julian Serrano’s newly opened Lago. Served nightly from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., the menu includes bruchetta al pomodoro made with tomato basil and garlic oil; cipolline e speck made with onions and smoked prosciutto; spiedino di salsiccia prepared with seasoned sausage skewers and bell pepper sauce; formaggi made with ubriaco del piave, quadrello di bufala and pecorino; and cannoli made with ricotta cheese, chocolate and orange. Guests can enjoy the lounge menu and libations on Hyde’s expansive terrace overlooking the famed Fountains of Bellagio. Hyde Bellagio, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8700, 888-987-6667.
Rockhouse Launches New $20 All-Inclusive Sunday Brunch
Rockhouse Las Vegas at The Venetian/Palazzo has launched a Sunday ROCK Brunch from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Priced at $20 (plus tax and tip), it includes one breakfast dish from Rockhouse’s brunch menu, with items such as chorizo and egg tacos, green chili and egg tacos, asada steak and egg tacos, and breakfast dogs topped with scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese and bacon. There's also bottomless libations like mimosas, Bloody Marys, draft beer and well cocktails. In addition, live musical entertainment is offered from noon-6 p.m. Rockhouse’s traditional bar bites menu will also be served during this time at regular price. Rockhouse Las Vegas, The Venetian, The Grand Canal Shoppes, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-9683.
Wednesday Tequila Dinners at Mercadito
Mercadito at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa is hosting weekly Wednesday Tequila Dinners. Executive chef Juan Puentes presents a four-course dinner with off-menu, tequila-based dishes. Between courses, guests get to try anejo, blanco and reposado tequilas. The four-course dinner is priced at $36 per person, with a minimum of two people per table. There are four menus that rotate weekly over three months, to enable guests to try a variation of the tequila dinners, or return for their favorites. Mercadito, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-979-3609.
New 2 for $10 Lunch Menu at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
Sammy's Woodfired Pizza is offering a two-for-10 menu, available weekdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For $10 per person, diners may choose two items from the following selections: pepperoni, margherita or Italian sausage pizza; organic kale, Caesar, Greek or arugula and fig salad; and tomato, butternut squash or corn chowder soup. Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, 6500 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146, 702-227-6000.
Andre’s and Alizé Offering 35% Discount on All Wine During Early Dining
In celebration of Andre’s 35th Year Anniversary, Andre's at Monte Carlo and Alizé at the Top of the Palms will offer a 35 percent discount on any of its vast collection of wine, if ordered before 6:30 p.m. The discount is being offered throughout 2015. To reserve Andre’s at Monte Carlo, call 702-798-7151, or to make a reservation for Alizé, call 702-951-7000. Andre's Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-798-7151.
Carson Kitchen has named Eugene Santiago as its new executive chef. Santiago has been with the restaurant since it opened in June 2014 and will work in collaboration with celebrity “Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef” Kerry Simon and partner Cory Harwell to oversee all food operations. The Los Angeles native is a 2005 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, CA, and worked in the Los Angeles area at James Republic, Elf Café and mar’sel at Terranea Resort, as well as with Simon for three years at Simon LA, and at Simon Kitchen & Bar for one year. Carson Kitchen, John E. Carson Building, 124 6th St., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-473-9523.
Sterling Buckley has been appointed executive chef of La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas. The Los Angeles native opened La Cave in 2010 as a line cook and quickly worked his way up. Buckley, a 2006 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Las Vegas, has held positions in Las Vegas at StripSteak at Mandalay Bay, Koi at Planet Hollywood and Silk Road at Vdara; and at the New Sheridan Chop House in Telluride, Colorado. La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7375.
"Rock n' Roll Chef" Kerry Simon closed two of his restaurants when their leases ran out. His KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s closed the first week of April, and Simon at Palms Place at the Palms Casino Resort closed in May. Neither resort has announced a replacement for Simon’s restaurants. Simon has been waging a medical battle against Multiple System Atrophy, and is confined to a wheelchair. His remaining Vegas restaurant, Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas, will remain open. Simon at Palms Place, Palms Place Hotel & Spa, 4381 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, no phone.
Alain Ducasses’s miX Restaurant and miX Lounge at Delano Las Vegas closed June 1. The spaces will become Rivea, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant by chef Ducasse, and sophisticated new lounge experience. Further details on both concepts will be announced in the coming weeks. Ducasse currently has two Rivea restaurants, one in the Hotel Byblos Saint Tropez and one at the Bulgari Hotel in London. miX, Delano Las Vegas, 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-9500.
After celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Riviera Hotel & Casino closed its doors May 4, 2015. In February, the iconic resort and the 26 acres it sits on was sold for $182.5 million to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which will raze the property to make way for more convention space to adjoin the LV Convention Center, located across the way. The closure means the end for R Steak & Seafood, Banana Leaf Cafe and Wicked Vicky Tavern, as well the food court with Angelina's, Big Burger, Cheese Steaks Etc, India Masala, La Salsa, Quiznos and Wok Express. Starwood Capital Group had owned the Riviera since 2010. Riviera Hotel & Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Bar & Grill in the Grand Canal Shoppes, next to St. Mark's Square at The Venetian, closed April 27. The New American restaurant was one of Puck’s oldest Las Vegas restaurants and had been open for 16 years. The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group still has six restaurants in Las Vegas including CUT at Palazzo, Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay Bay, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina at the Shops at Crystals, Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill restaurants at MGM Grand and Downtown Summerlin. Postrio Bar & Grill, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
After several months of rumors regarding its closing, Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan closed March 31. The French bistro had been open since the resort debuted in December 2010 and is the first restaurant to close since The Cosmopolitan opened. Comme Ça was under the direction of chefs David Myers and Brian Howard, both of whom departed from the restaurant last year. It hasn't yet been announced what restaurant will be taking over the space. Comme Ça, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
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