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.
WuHu Noodle has opened at the Silverton Casino Hotel. The 44-seat restaurant features a menu of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. Signature dishes include Singapore-style noodles with shrimp, shredded pork, egg, bell peppers, bean sprouts, onions and an essence of curry; shu mai with shrimp, pork and black mushrooms; Japanese ramen with barbecue pork, tea-braised soft boiled egg, bamboo shoots, red ginger and mushrooms; and daily dim sum specials. An interactive kitchen viewing area allows guests to individualize their orders and watch chefs prepare their creations. Chef Chung Ping Yu, a native of Hong Kong, is the restaurant’s executive room chef and has spent more than 20 years at various hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. WuHu Noodle is open daily for lunch, dinner and expedited service for diners on the go. WuHu Noodle, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777, 866-946-4373.
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.
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.
Tacos & Tequila Offering Tailgate Menu During NFL Football Games
Beginning September 10, Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor is offering a tailgate menu during NFL football games on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays. The fare will include 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 will 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.
DB Brasserie Offering 30% off Discount to Local Residents
Chef-owner Daniel Boulud of DB Brasserie at The Venetian is showing appreciation to locals by extending a 30 percent discount through September 7 to Nevada residents. Guests need to show a valid Nevada ID to receive the special rate. The discount isn't valid during happy hour, cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion and is valid only for parties of 12 or less. DB Brasserie, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-430-1235.
Bazaar Meat by Chef José Andrés Offering 10-dish Tasting Menu
Bazaar Meat by Chef José Andrés at the SLS Las Vegas is offering a 10-dish summer tasting dinner. Priced at $65 per person, the menu includes chicharrón, Ferran Adrià olives, a bagel and lox cone, croquetas de Jamón, beef and Parmesan grissini, Chateaubriand tenderloin, Robuchon potatoes, grilled asparagus and a dessert of cream puffs and assorted tarts. For an additional $25, guests can pair the menu with a variety of Spanish wines. Bazaar Meat by Chef José Andrés, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 855-761-7757.
D.O.C.G. Now Open for Lunch at The Cosmo
Scott Conant’s D.O.C.G. at The Cosmopolitan is now serving lunch daily, starting at 11 a.m. The new lunch menu includes items such as a porchetta sandwich with spiced pork belly, broccoli rabe and fried egg; antipasto salad with soppressata, provolone and red wine vinaigrette; and margherita pizza. D.O.C.G., The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
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.
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.
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.
Steve Aguglia has been appointed executive chef at Todd English P.U.B. at CityCenter. The Las Vegas native began his career as a prep cook in a local Italian restaurant at 15 years of age. In 1999, at age 17, he began as a garde mange and eventually worked his way up to sous chef at Joachim Splichal's Pinot Brasserie at The Venetian. Aguglia went on to open AquaKnox at The Venetian in 2003 as a line cook, and advanced to chef de cuisine, where he remained for 11 years. He also was chef de cuisine at 35 Steaks + Martinis at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Todd English P.U.B., CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-489-8080.
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.
"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 Ducasse’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 a sophisticated new lounge experience. 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.
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