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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

Shibuya at MGM Grand closed after dinner service on July 2nd, and the space will re-open this fall as Morimoto Las Vegas, a contemporary Japanese restaurant by renowned celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto. Previously slated to open at The Mirage, the new concept will feature exquisite design, signature sushi creations and cocktail offerings, including culinary selections created specifically for the Las Vegas location. Moromoto currently has more than 10 restaurants around the world, including Mexico City, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chicago and New York City. Morimoto Las Vegas, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-1111, 800-929-1111.
 
In early 2017, brothers Michael and David Morton will introduce a new steakhouse concept at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Their father, Arnie Morton, founded Morton’s The Steakhouse in 1978. Along with his wife Jenna, Michael opened N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms in 2001 and currently owns La Comida in Downtown Las Vegas, La Cave at Wynn, and Crush at MGM Grand. David owns Ada St., County Barbeque, four DMK Burger Bars, Fish Bar, Henry’s and Rec Room in the Chicago area. Their brother Peter opened Hard Rock Hotel in 1995. The new 175-seat, yet-to-be-named steakhouse will occupy approximately 7,000 square feet and be located on the ground floor in the hotel’s expansion tower, next to Center Bar and across from Vanity nightclub. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
 
Eggslut has opened a location at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The concept started as a food truck in Los Angeles, then continued to gain a following for its gourmet egg sandwiches with a quick-service counter at Grand Central Market. Eggslut, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-2344.
 
PUB 365 has opened at Tuscany Suites & Casino. The venue offers a collection of 365 rotating beers and traditional pub fare with a modern spin, including homemade small bites, burgers and tacos. Located on the east end of the casino floor in the space previously occupied by Mexican restaurant and bar The Cantina, the restaurant has nearly 1,800 square feet of dining space, plus an additional 1,052-square-foot room designed for private events. The entire service team is cicerone-certified beer servers, trained to provide pairing suggestions for guests. An app-based beer loyalty program will allow diners to earn rewards based on the number of beers they try and will make them eligible to win exclusive prizes, attend private tap parties and score a personalized tap on the pub’s Founder’s Wall. PUB 365 is open from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily, and lunch, dinner and late-night bites are served. PUB 365, 255 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-893-8933, 877-TUSCAN 1.
 
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).
 
Burger Lounge, an eco-conscious burger chain founded in 2007 in La Jolla, Calif., has opened its first Las Vegas location at ARIA. Located on the casino floor in the former space of The Roasted Bean near ARIA’s Poker Room, selections are made with non-GMO, sustainable ingredients including grass-fed beef, organic cheeses and house-made dressings. The menu includes a free-range turkey burger made with fresh basil; an organic veggie burger made with quinoa, brown rice and zucchini; an Alaskan cod sandwich made from sustainable cod; and fresh organic salads such as the Market Chop Salad with Brussels sprouts, romaine, kale, red onion, corn, carrot, pepitas, gorgonzola, daikon sprouts and house-made dijon vinaigrette. Burger Lounge, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
 
Ten years after chef Guy Savoy made his U.S. debut at Caesars Palace with Restaurant Guy Savoy, the acclaimed chef has opened Brioche by Guy Savoy, a quick-service space similar to his successful brioche concept in Paris, Goût de Brioche. Led by Restaurant Guy Savoy’s executive pastry chef, Sebastien Polycarpe, Brioche serves “Brioninis” --- pressed sandwiches made with flaky brioche buns. Options include vegetarian; prosciutto, tomato and cheese; and chicken pesto. Coperaco Coffee Co. helms the coffee program, and the menu offers house-blended coffee, cappuccino, lattes and café au laits. Brioche by Guy Savoy is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brioche by Guy Savoy, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
 
SW Veranda is a casual outdoor terrace located above SW Steakhouse Wynn Las Vegas’s newest dining concept is SW Veranda, a casual outdoor terrace located above SW Steakhouse with views of Wynn’s Lake of Dreams. A selection of executive chef David Walzog’s small plates and appetizers are served, along with desserts from pastry chef Svetlana Almonte. Menu items include Wagyu carpaccio with black truffle dressing, arugula and shaved parmesan; SW lobster rolls on warm brioche; yellowfin tuna tartar with pickled Japanese vegetables, soy and gochujang; chocolate dipping fondue with strawberries, marshmallows, banana bread and crisp mini-funnel cakes; and Biscoff cookie butter cheesecake. The SW Veranda is open nightly at 5:30 p.m., weather providing. Reservations are not accepted. SW Veranda, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
 
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa has debuted The Patio at MRKT Sea & Land, a new cafe that offers outdoor dining during the warmer months. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant offers an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrées, including bacon-wrapped stuffed dates with smoked almonds, bleu cheese and a red wine reduction; shrimp orzo pasta salad with feta cheese and lemon vinaigrette; grilled chicken paillard with brown rice and steamed broccoli; and pan-seared Scottish salmon with caper lemon beurre blanc, sautéed spinach and sweet corn relish. The Patio at MRKT has an exterior entrance separate from the casino for ease of entry and exit. MRKT Sea & Land, Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa, 7300 N. Aliante Pkwy., North Las Vegas, NV 89084, 702-692-7777.
 
TAO Group and celebrity chef Chris Santos have debuted Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This is the second location of the restaurant, bar and lounge, which originated in 2010 in New York City. The 10,000-square-foot space celebrates the beauty of jewels in all forms. Guests enter through a gritty, pawn shop-inspired area 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,” offers 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

DB Brasserie Summer Seasonal Menu July 25-31
From July 25 through July 31, DB Brasserie at The Venetian will offer The Summer Stone Fruits Menu, celebrating the season of sun and warm weather. Available during dinner (beginning at 5 p.m.), the multi-course menu costs $60 per person (plus tax and tip) and includes Saint-Agur blue cheese and nectarine flatbread; crudo of fluke and plum carpaccio with focaccia tuile; Hudson Valley foie gras and Hood River cherries with crispy chicken skin and almond ice cream; Duroc pork blade and grilled peaches; and apricot frangipane with cherry swirl gelato, whipped crème fraîche and candied almonds. DB Brasserie, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-430-1235.
 
Glutton Offering Special Menu Tuesdays & Thursdays Through August 30
Bradley Manchester’s Glutton in downtown Las Vegas has introduced “Toast & Toppings,” a special offer available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 30. From 5 p.m. on both days and extending through closing time, patrons can pay $20 for an assorted crostini board. It comes with wood-fired crostini bread bites topped with seasonal concoctions such as whipped ricotta and pickled tomato; pork rillettes with pickled apple; or avocado, Meyer lemon and shaved chili. Selections will vary and each crostini board with feature up to three different options. In addition, guests ordering the special will receive their choice of a bottle of wine. Eligible bottles include Atelié Prosecco, Secoli Pinot Grigio, Domaine Sainte Rosé, Tintonegro Malbec and Côtes de Provence Rouge.
 
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House Offering Four-Course Deal
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand is offering a "Four for $48" summer tasting menu from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, featuring some of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Available through August 31, the deal includes your choice of starter (such as Creole boiled shrimp cocktail), appetizer (including pasta and summer truffles carbonara), main course (such as pecan-crusted Texas redfish) and any of the current dessert menu offerings (including Emeril's signature banana cream pie). Wine pairings are available for an additional $35 per person. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7374.
 
DB Brasserie Offering Special Pre-Bash Brunch and Pre-Bash Dinner Menus Through Labor Day Weekend
DB Brasserie at The Venetian is offering Pre-Bash Brunch and Pre-Bash Dinner menus through Labor Day. The brunch, available Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $19, includes fresh fruit and pastry basket and choice of bacon, short rib or smoked salmon eggs Benedict; parmesan and spinach omelet with sausage, Canadian bacon or smoked salmon; or brioche French toast with fruit, sorbet and Chantilly. Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys are an additional $20. The dinner, available Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. for $36, includes choice of Caesar or iceberg and blue cheese salad; roasted chicken breast, seared salmon or grilled flat iron steak; and dessert of warm lemon madeleines. Bottomless domestic draft beer and house wine are an additional $20 and family-style sides of glazed carrots, super green spinach, brussels sprouts, roasted asparagus, potato purée, french fries and potato Lyonnaise may be added for $5 per side. DB Brasserie, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-430-1235.
 
Grand Lux Café Introduces Express Lunch Buffet
The Grand Lux Café at The Palazzo is now offering an Express Lunch Buffet with 40 offerings including chicken and shrimp jambalaya, spicy ginger beef, miso salmon, chicken picatta, southwestern chicken salad, Mediterranean salad, chicken pot pies, house-made soups, deli meats, a pasta bar, omelet station, mini dessert favorites such as key lime pie and crème brulee, and coffee, iced tea and fountain sodas. The cost is $24.95 per person and the buffet is available daily from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Grand Lux Café, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-3888.
 
Fleming’s Offering Complimentary Wine Tastings
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering complimentary tastings of all of its 100 wines by-the-glass, pouring two select wines per night through August 20, 2016. Also, guests who like the featured wine can purchase a bottle for half off that same evening. For a schedule of which wines are being sampled visit the official website. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Town Square, 6515 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-407-0019.
 
Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar Celebrates 20th Anniversary with $20 Special
To commemorate 20 years on the Las Vegas Strip, Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at Monte Carlo has created a special anniversary menu. Available through July 31 and priced at $20, the offer includes guests’ choice of egg-flower soup or hot-and-sour soup, as well as vegetable spring rolls or pot stickers. Diners also get two entrees of their choice, the options being Singapore noodles with baby shrimp and BBQ pork, Hong Kong chow mein with chicken, BBQ pork and shrimp, Mongolian beef, beef with broccoli, orange-peel chicken, kung pao chicken, or mu shu pork. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from every Hong Kong chow mein ordered off the regular menu will go to Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7965.
 
Triple George Grill to Celebrate 11th Anniversary with Food and Drink Specials Throughout July
Triple George Grill, one of the first independent eateries to emerge at the start of downtown Las Vegas’ revitalization, will celebrate its 11th anniversary with month-long food and drink specials throughout July. Specials include half-priced fried chicken and black cherry lemon drops, available July 1 to July 7; half-off George burgers and green chili gimlets from July 8 to July 14; half-off pot roast and salted caramel martinis from July 15 to July 21; and half-off porcini-crusted ribeye and 1800’s Sazerac from July 22 to July 31. In addition to these specials, the venue is bringing back its popular summertime special: half-off wine on Mondays. Triple George Grill, 201 N. Third St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-384-2761.
 
Glutton Introduces Dog-friendly Brunch
Glutton in downtown Las Vegas has launched “Bark-and-Bites,” a dog-friendly brunch held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the restaurant’s shaded, sidewalk-accessible patio. New brunch items include a wild mushroom omelette with goat cheese and breakfast potatoes; yeast-risen pancakes with cultured butter and maple cider syrup; a breakfast sandwich with house-made sausage, caramelized onions, soft scrambled eggs, spicy bacon mayo, cheddar and duck-fat potatoes; and a breakfast salad of wild greens, bacon, soft poached egg, and duck-fat potatoes. All canine visitors will be provided fresh bowls of water and dog treats. Glutton, 616 E. Carson Ave., Ste. 110, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-366-0623.
 
Red Rock Resort Unveils Whiskey and Cigar Experience at Onyx Bar
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has revamped the on-site Onyx Bar, adding all-new furnishings, classic hand-picked fine cigars, and an upscale beverage program with more than 70 one-of-a-kind barrel-aged whiskeys, bourbons, ryes and single-malt scotches. A private VIP room with seating for 10 guests is also available. Onyx is located across from T-Bones Chophouse and is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Onyx Bar, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 866-767-7773, 702-797-7777.
 
Herringbone Debuts Coastal Brunch for Two
Herringbone at ARIA has launched a weekend brunch special served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Priced at $55 per person (available for parties of two or more), the prix-fixe menu includes a bottle of Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angle Rosé, 2015; summer radish with whipped butter and smoked sea salt; choice of yellowfin tuna poke, shrimp ceviche or burrata la quercia with prosciutto and pesto; bacon & egg ravioli with pancetta, the market catch, crab cake Benny or Bobby sliders made with Kobe beef and aged cheddar; and fruit plate with citrus whipped yogurt for dessert. Herringbone, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-590-9898.
 
New Happy Hour at Lagasse's Stadium
Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo has unveiled a new happy hour, served Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Several items are priced at $10 each, including caprese salad; beer-battered shrimp on blue cheese coleslaw with creole tomato glaze; salmon carpaccio; steamed mussels in a beer broth with grilled french bread; truffle prosciutto crostini with herb goat cheese; beef sliders with cheddar cheese, caramelized onion & seasoned fries; and Buffalo chicken sliders topped with blue cheese coleslaw and seasoned fries. To drink, there are $5 bottled beers and $6 well cocktails. Lagasse's Stadium, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2665.
 
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés Offering Summer Tasting Menu
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés is offering a summer tasting menu for $75 per person, available from June 18th through August 31st. The tasting includes cotton candy foie gras, super-giant pork-skin chicharrón, gazpacho shots, skirt steak, butifarra spiral, Robuchon potatoes and dessert of setas al ajillo with cream puffs, plus assorted tarts and little cakes. For an additional $25, guests can enjoy a unique selection of wines paired by Bazaar Meat’s lead sommelier Chloe Helfand. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 855-761-7757.
 
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar Offering Live Jazz and All-you-can-eat-and-drink Weekly Events
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar hosts a series of weekly late-night events. The traditional jazz band Jazz Workshop performs every Thursday in the restaurant’s lounge from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. In addition, Mezzanotte Grill events take place during the same hours on various days on the restaurant’s patio. Event goers will enjoy unlimited drinks and menu items such as pizza, house-made Italian sausages and Hofmann hot dogs prepared on the outdoor grill. Each week different fare and beverages will be offered, all for $25. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300.
 
The Lounge at Lakeside Seafood & Steak Introduces New Happy Hour
Lakeside, the steak and seafood restaurant on the Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas, has introduced a Hawaiian-inspired happy hour. Executive chef David Walzog has created a small-plates menu featuring favorites such as homemade bigeye tuna poke with cucumber, crisp ogo and ponzu; charred octopus with pickled daikon, hearts of palm and sea beans; pork belly with white sugarloaf pineapple, sweet chili sauce and sesame rice; ocean trout with avocado, yuzu tobiko and sriracha aioli; and Wagyu short rib loco moco with a sunny-side quail egg, gravy and sesame rice. The happy hour is offered nightly in Lakeside’s lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lakeside, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-248-3463.
 
Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge is offering five- and seven-course prix-fixe menus Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge Offering Five- and Seven-course Tasting Menus
Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo is offering five- and seven-course prix-fixe tasting menus so that guests can sample multiple items from the restaurant's spring/summer seasonal offerings. Dishes include beef carpaccio with roasted Anaheim pepper coulis and sunchoke chips; pan-seared duck foie gras; king crab and spring pea ravioli; pan-seared duck breast; and hazelnut praline gateau with milk chocolate mascarpone and orange and fig ice cream. The price for the five-course dinner is $110 per person; for wine pairings, add $80. The seven-course dinner is $135; wine pairings are an additional $95. Andre’s Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-798-7151.
 
Bratalian Announces New Italian Breakfast Experience
Celebrity chef Carla Pellegrino’s Bratalian Neopolitan Cantina is now open daily for breakfast. The morning menu includes "The Shrek Skillet" --- Basquaise-style roasted potatoes, Champignon mushrooms, spinach, Italian sausage, smoked gouda, bacon strips and three sunny side-up or scrambled eggs; a smoked salmon plate with caper berries, a split toasted bagel, whipped cream cheese and a sliced gherkin; and "The Mediterranean" ---  an egg-white omelet with tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and feta cheese. Bratalian Neopolitan Cantina, 10740 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 155, Henderson, NV 89052, 702-454-0104.
 
Tom’s Urban has launched a unique Beat the Clock happy hour 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.
 

UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS

Several chef shuffles are in the mix for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. Nicole Brisson, executive chef at The Palazzo’s Carnevino, is moving up to culinary director, overseeing all of the group’s Las Vegas restaurants. She replaces chef Jason Neve, who is moving on to open Eataly in Boston this fall. Taking Brisson’s place at Carnevino is Jon Littleton, who is vacating his executive chef position at B&B Burger & Beer at The Venetian. Elisabeth McGee will take his place; she was previously a master cook at Michael Mina Bellagio and chef de partie at Bartolotta at Wynn Las Vegas. Finally, Brett Uniss has left his executive chef position at Andiron Steak & Sea at Downtown Summerlin to become executive chef at B&B Ristorante at The Venetian. Carnevino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-789-4141.
 

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Szechuan restaurant Lao Sze Chuan at Palms Casino Resort has closed, after owner Tony Hu pled guilty in federal court in Chicago to multiple charges, including wire fraud and money laundering. The case alleged that he hid more than $10 million in cash receipts at nine of his restaurants to skirt paying $1.1 million in Illinois sales taxes. The restaurant had been open since September 2014 and served a vast menu with more than 110 dishes. The restaurant has been replaced with China House, with the same opening hours, a smaller menu, and a new all-you-can-eat hot pot special for $29.95. Lao Sze Chuan, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-6862.
 
ARIA and Takayama Management have announced that Bar Masa and Tetsu at ARIA will close on October 31, 2016. The closure comes at the conclusion of Takayama’s management agreement. Chef Masa Takayama, who has been a part of the culinary team at ARIA since the resort’s opening in 2009, is expected to open his new TETSU dining emporium in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood this coming autumn. ARIA anticipates announcing a new concept for the adjoining spaces in the coming weeks. Tetsu, Aria Resort & Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
 

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