Alain Ducasse’s miX Restaurant at Delano Las Vegas has become Rivea, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant by chef Ducasse. He currently has two Rivea restaurants, one in the Hotel Byblos Saint Tropez and one at the Bulgari Hotel in London. Rivea, Delano Las Vegas, 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 877-632-5400.
Just two days after Sensi closed, it was announced that the Bellagio resort will replace it with Harvest by Roy Ellamar. Ellamar was also the chef at the Asian fusion Sensi, and will go in a new direction, debuting the farm-to-table restaurant concept set to open in December. Harvest will feature charcuterie selections and artisanal American cheeses; vegetarian dishes such as the ancient grain risotto with mushrooms, black truffles and truffle burrata cheese; sustainable seafood cooked in a special stone oven; snack wagons traveling from table-to-table with small selections; grilled, dry-aged and grass-fed beef; and a rotisserie featuring a rotating selection of organic poultry, pork and game birds. Harvest by Roy Ellamar, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111, 888-987-6667.
Café Americano, owned and operated by the V&E Restaurant Group, has debuted in the grand lobby of Caesars Palace in the former space of Central. Open 365 days of the year and 24 hours a day, the restaurant combines classic American flavors with Latin options. The varied menus include breakfast (served 24/7), lunch, dinner and late-night selections. Among featured dishes are a half-pound Angus beef burger, a Cuban sandwich, buttermilk fried chicken, filet mignon paired with jumbo black tiger shrimp, Mediterranean seafood pasta, Cabernet-braised short ribs, and spaghetti and giant meatball. There's also a skinny menu with five items under 500 calories. Café Americano, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
Husson’s Cantina has opened its second Las Vegas location. The new location, in the Boca Park Fashion Village in the Summerlin area, offers an indoor dining room, as well as a spacious, outdoor patio. The menu features a wide variety of classic and specialty tacos, such as the kung pao shrimp with creamy garlic chili sauce, cabbage mix and agave roasted peanuts; achiote rib eye with guacamole, radish, pickled chile guero, onions and micro greens; grilled salmon with cucumber and roasted pepper mix, Sriracha aioli and micro greens; and beer-battered portobello, tahini yogurt sauce, kale, habanero rings and Parmesean cheese. Additionally, all of the eatery’s tacos can be served as a salad or rice bowl, and vegan options are available upon request. Hussong’s Cantina is open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Hussong’s Cantina, Boca Park Fashion Village, 740 S. Rampart Blvd. #7, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-778-2160.
BRAVO! Cucina Italiana has opened its first location in Nevada, within the new 12,000-square-foot plaza at the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson. The upscale classic Italian restaurant features an open kitchen with all cooking done in full view, a large bar area with an inviting fireplace, a private dining room and a spacious outdoor terrace. The menu includes with made-to-order pizzas, grilled steaks, chicken Marsala, classic pasta dishes, a full gluten-free menu and lower-calorie options. BRAVO! Cucina Italiana is part of the Columbus-based BRAVO I BRIO Restaurant Group, and is open daily for lunch and dinner, and brunch on weekends from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Rd. #1950, Henderson, NV 89014, 702-433-4352.
Public School 702 has opened at Downtown Summerlin in the Dining Arroyo. The 14,000-square-foot gastropub features a school theme that is celebrated throughout, with accoutrements such as a book case with encyclopedias, chalkboards, to-go bags labeled "homework" and a menu in the style of a composition book. The seasonal offerings from executive chef Phil Kastel includes crispy Buffalo cauliflower with bleu cheese aioli, crispy ahi tuna tacos, shrimp and white cheddar grits, and Jidori brick chicken and white bean ragout. The menu is complemented by a craft beer list of 24 drafts and 14 bottles and cans. Happy hour, dubbed "recess," takes place weekdays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., and is available in the spacious bar and patio, with a view of the Strip from its second-level perch. Public School 702 is open daily for lunch and dinner, and a brunch is served on weekends from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Public School 702, Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-749-3007.
Tequila Taqueria has opened at Bally’s Las Vegas serving classic Mexican dishes. Owned by Planet Hollywood International, the 80-seat restaurant and bar is open seven days a week from noon-6 a.m. Its décor features revolución imagery, vintage tortilla presses and other cultural icons. The menu is complemented by fresh-pressed corn and flour tortillas, which are hand-rolled with fresh ingredients. A selection of 37 premium tequilas and 10 Mexican beers are served. Tequila Taqueria, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-967-4111, 877-603-4390.
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.
CRUSH Offering Specials During NFL Football Games
CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand is jumping into the football season with a special menu and pricing offered exclusively during NFL games every Sunday and Monday. Prepared by corporate executive chef Billy DeMarco, the selections include $12 short rib sliders made with pickles and Carolina slaw; $11 sausage hoagies with sweet peppers and balsamic onions; $11 grilled chipotle barbecue chicken wings; and $10 fresh ricotta and Nueske’s bacon calzone. In addition, domestic beer pitchers are priced at $19.99. CRUSH eat, drink, love, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-3222.
Tony Gemignani’s Pizza Rock Offering 3-5-7 Happy Hour Menu
Tony Gemignani’s Pizza Rock is offering a 3-5-7 happy hour menu, available 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 p.m.-close every night. The menu includes Italian fries, fried green beans and meatballs for $3; garlic bread, honey Calabrese sausage and personal one-topping pizza for $5; and several other personal-size pizzas for $7. Drink specials include $2 off drafts and wines by the glass, $4 well drinks, $3 off specialty cocktails and PBR 32-ounce cans for $3. The happy hour deals are good at both the Green Valley Ranch and Downtown Las Vegas locations. Pizza Rock, Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas, 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052, 702-617-7777, 866-782-9487.
Lago Now Serving Lunch Daily & Offering Special Prix-Fixe Deals
Chef Julian Serrano’s Lago by Julian Serrano at Bellagio is now serving lunch daily and offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $28 or an à la carte menu. The prix-fixe option includes lighter portions of Lago’s small plates and also panini, salads and entrées. In addition, a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. offers a three-course meal for $38, which includes a basket of fresh baked pastries, choice of antipasti, entrée and dessert. The new brunch replaces the Sunday brunch at Jasmine, which served its final brunch August 30. Lago by Julian Serrano, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111.
Tacos & Tequila Offering Tailgate Menu During NFL Football Games
Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor is offering a tailgate menu during NFL football games on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays. The fare includes the gridiron platter, a selection of game-time snacks including chicken wings, chorizo potato skins, jalapeño poppers and fiesta nachos, priced at $24. Drink specials include buckets of Coors Light beers, priced at $25, and buckets of seven-ounce Sol beers, priced at $18. Tacos & Tequila, Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-262-5225.
Bacchanal Buffet Adds Even More Options to Its Expansive Menu
The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is now offering add-on options of whole market-fresh fish, lobster and caviar to its menu that encompasses more than 500 dishes. Whole-fish options include Norwegian mackerel for $21.19 per pound, New Zealand tai snapper for $26.12 per pound or golden pompano for $22.19 per pound, which can be grilled or fried. Whole poached lobster is $150, and includes immediate seating and the choice of a glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rosè or Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut. Sasanian Imperial Caviar sells an additional $150, and the "Caviar Dreams" package, priced at $500 for two people, or $650 for four people, includes Sasanian Imperial Caviar and accoutrements, one bottle of Dom Perignon and immediate seating. In addition, all you care to drink packages include unlimited draft beer, house wine or Wycliff Champagne Mimosas available all day for $22 and a Bacchanal souvenir glass. Bacchanal Buffet, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7928.
Japanese Cuisine by Omae Serving Omakase Chef-Selected Dinners
Japanese Cuisine by Omae, helmed by chef Takeshi Omae, no longer serves lunch, and features one table only for two to 10 guests during three evening seatings --- 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. --- every night but Sunday. Each guest receives the omakase menu, with dishes selected by chef Omae, priced at $150. The restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license, but guests may bring their own alcoholic beverages, free of charge. Japanese Cuisine by Omae, 3650 S. Decatur Blvd. #26, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-966-8080.
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.
Todd Harrington has announced his departure from Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian, which he opened in late 2014. Before landing at Yardbird, Harrington was assistant executive chef at the Downtown Grand and executive chef at Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace. Founder of 50 Eggs, John Kunkel, will continue to oversee the menu and recipe development at Yardbird. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-297-6541.
Frédéric Don has been named the new chef de cuisine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. Don, who studied at Les Petites Bruyères St. Chamond in France, was previously at Pierre Gagnaire’s The Gallery at Sketch in London, where he served as head chef since 2013. Don replaces Ryuki Kawasaki, who left to take the chef de cuisine position at The Dome at Lebua in Bangkok, Thailand. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, CityCenter, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-590-8888.
There are some chef changes at Andiron Steak & Sea and Honey Salt. Chef Brett Uniss has been promoted to the position of executive chef at Andiron Steak & Sea, replacing Joe Zanelli, who moved on to take the executive chef position at Botero at Encore and was an integral part of building the family of restaurants for husband and wife duo chef Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, including the launch of Andiron. Uniss worked his way up the ranks at Honey Salt, having been there since the restaurant’s opening. Chef Michael Van Staden has taken over as executive chef at Honey Salt. Van Staden is from South Africa and is a longtime collaborator and colleague of Canteenwalla and Blau, going all the way back to the days at Simon Kitchen & Bar. Andiron Steak & Sea, Downtown Summerlin, 1720 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-685-8002.
Quite a few chef switcheroos are taking place at Wynn/Encore. Paul Bartolotta will be leaving his namesake Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare in early 2016, and chef Mark LoRusso will relinquish his executive chef position at Encore’s Botero to take his place. Moving over to take LoRusso’s position at Botero will be chef Joseph Zanelli, who was part of the opening team at Wynn and opened Lakeside, and was executive chef at The Country Club before working with Blau and Associates at Honey Salt and Andiron Steak & Sea, where he has been since 2013. Zanelli will serve as executive chef of Botero until November 1, when the restaurant will close and he will then oversee a new concept that will debut in the space. It has not yet been announced if Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare will be changing its name. Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
Charlie Palmer has brought in two new team members to leadership roles at Aureole at Mandalay Bay. Parisian-born and classically trained Arnaud Masset is the new executive chef, and Nicole Erle has taken over as executive pastry chef. Masset has worked at numerous restaurants throughout France, and brings more than 15 years of Las Vegas experience. He's spent time in the kitchens at Vdara, Rio, Aria, MGM, Alize, André’s Downtown and was most recently executive chef of Palms Casino Resort. Masset replaces Vincent Pouessel, who left in June to take the executive chef position at Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie at The Venetian. Nicole Erle, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, joins the Aureole team after serving as executive pastry chef for all of Wolfgang Puck’s seven Las Vegas restaurants. Prior to that, Erle was pastry chef for Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Aureole, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7401.
After helming Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay since 2003, Vincent Pouessel has left and taken the executive chef position at Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie at The Venetian. He replaced David Middleton. Prior to working at Aureole, Pouessel, who hails from Acigné outside Rennes in Brittany, France, was at the Le Jules Verne restaurant located inside the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Aureole has not yet announced Pouessel’s replacement. DB Brasserie, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-430-1235.
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