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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has debuted Oyster Bar, led by executive chef Bradley Manchester, who said, “I’m excited to take on the challenge of this new concept. We’ll be using regionally-sourced ingredients to ensure the freshest, high-quality seafood and fare.” Located in the HRH All-Suite Tower, the 16-seat, 752-square-foot restaurant and bar offers fresh oysters, pan roasts and more along with premium libations and beer. Signature dishes include fried oysters & pickles with homemade buttermilk caper sauce; a classic pan roast with a choice of shrimp, crab, lobster or a combination of all; and curried coconut seafood stew. Oyster Bar, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
 
Zuma has opened at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Zuma is now open at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Created and co-founded by chef Rainer Becker, the restaurant is 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. Zuma, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
 
Giordano’s, a Chicago landmark since 1974 known for its stuffed deep-dish pizza pies, has opened its first location in Las Vegas. Situated on the Strip at the Grand Bazaar Shops adjacent to Bally’s Las Vegas, the full service restaurant offers views of the Vegas Strip from the second floor and a spacious patio located on the ground floor, both featuring a full bar. In addition to the deep-dish pizzas, hand-stretched crust and crispy extra thin crust pizzas are also offered, as are an array of sandwiches, salads and classic Italian dishes such as lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo. Look for carry-out options, too. Open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Giordano’s, Grand Bazaar Shops, 3619 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 200, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-850-2420.
 
Momofuku is now open at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Momofuku is now 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. Momofuku, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 
Virgil’s Real Barbecue has opened at The LINQ Promenade. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant seats 300, includes three outdoor spaces and features reclaimed wood sourced from vintage barns across the Southern states. The menu highlights the BBQ tastes of Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolinas and Missouri with meats smoked over a mix of hickory, oak and fruit woods. An assortment of traditional sides is offered, such as barbecue beans, coleslaw, cheese grits, banana pudding and Key lime and sweet potato pies. Complementing the fare are fourteen beers on tap, including the exclusive Virgil’s Ale from Magic Hat. Virgil’s is open daily from 11 a.m. Live entertainment performing country, bluegrass and classic rock occurs nightly from 9 p.m. to midnight. Virgil’s Real Barbecue, The LINQ Promenade, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-389-7400.
 
Now open at The Venetian is The Dorsey cocktail bar, located off of the casino adjacent to Restaurant Row in the space formerly occupied by The Bourbon Room. The 4,500-square-foot venue features French oak, leather, brass and marble, and a separate library area with a fireplace. The full-service bar has an inventive cocktail menu designed by barman Sam Ross (NYC's Attaboy), with signature creations such as the Penicillin with Scotch, lemon, ginger, honey and an Islay float; and the Creole Punch with rum, pineapple, ginger, citrus, allspice and nutmeg. The Dorsey is open nightly from 2 p.m. until 4 a.m. The Dorsey, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-659-9643.
 
Crack Pie at Milk Bar, now open at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Milk Bar has opened at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Christina Tosi's bakery started in New York after the success of her sweets for the Momofuku restaurants. Her famous creations include "Cereal Milk" ice cream, "Compost Cookies" and "Crack Pie." Exclusive to the Las Vegas location are alcoholic "Fancy Shakes" and "MilkQuakes," which blend house-made soft-serve ice cream with treats to create flavors like B'Day Cake. Milk Bar, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Hawthorn Grill at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is now open and features steakhouse fare and American classics as well as an extensive wine program with more than 1,100 wines. The space includes a bar and lounge, large dining room with semi-enclosed booths, private room and an outdoor patio with a waterfall. Chef Joseph Swan (Eiffel Tower) oversees the kitchen as executive room chef, and pastry chef Jeremy Choo directs the sweet aspect of the menu. Dishes include filet mignon with red wine jus, NY striploin with béarnaise and a bone-in rib-eye with black truffle butter. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, including a signature breakfast buffet, dinner and bar hours. Ceres and Carmel Room have merged with Hawthorn Grill. Hawthorn Grill, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-869-7777, 877-869-8777.
 
Vic “Vegas” Moea, who has appeared on Food Network’s Next Food Network Star, Big Bash Catering Competition and Food Truck Face Off and Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, has opened 7 Sinful Subs across the street from UNLV. Dine-in and take-out options are offered for oddball sandwiches that have entertaining names and unique flavor profiles, such as the Knuckle Sandwich with grilled salami, pepperoni, ham, lettuce, tomato, mayo, Champagne vinaigrette and melted mozzarella; and the Skinny Dip with grilled shaved sirloin, sautéed onions, red roasted peppers, mayo, American and mozzarella cheeses and au jus. 7 Sinful Subs is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 7 Sinful Subs, 4632 Maryland Pkwy., Ste. 12, Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-998-2555.
 
Evel Pie, a pizzeria operated in cooperation with Evel Knievel’s son Kelly, has opened downtown on Fremont Street. Décor is a mini-shrine to the legendary daredevil with nearly every inch of the walls covered with Knievel memorabilia, and a hand-painted mural of Snake River Canyon, vintage 1977 Evel Knievel-themed pinball machine, a bronze statue of Evel and an illuminated marquee sign bearing the restaurant’s motto: “Live Hard, Ride Fast, Eat Pizza.” On offer is NY-style pizza that can be customized with 18 different toppings or guests can choose from the specialty menu, featuring pizzas such as “world famous Snake River special” with rattlesnake jalapeño sausage, onions, bell peppers and fresh garlic. Pies are paired with a selection of American beers including several local brews like Crafthaus Saison, Joseph James Weize Guy and Tenaya Creek Bonanza Brown. Evel Pie, 508 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-840-6460.
 
Situated at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino celebrated its grand opening on December 3, 2016, and is the first Vegas casino resort designed from the ground up to debut since 2010. Its restaurant collection includes five concepts. Dragon’s Alley, inspired by Asian night markets, serves fresh seafood, dim sum, barbecue and boba tea. Bao Now offers dim sum, noodles, congee and other items intended for eating on the go. Pearl Ocean features dim sum and a live seafood room. Phoenix is a fine dining venue with a menu of Kurobuta pork, deer tendon, abalone and other rare delicacies. Cha Garden is directed by Las Vegas’ only tea sommelier, and offers a list of more than 50 teas sourced directly from generations-old tea farms in Asia. Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, 300 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-889-8018.
 
Bailiwick is now open at Orleans Hotel & Casino, occupying the former Brendan’s Irish Pub space. The renovated setting is designed to evoke the look and feel of a repurposed 19th-century industrial building, with steel I-beam detailing, a steel louvered entryway and a curated collection of antiques. The menu lists items such as Japanese miso-grilled tuna tacos topped with toasted sesame slaw and Sriracha cream; classic poutine finished with cheese curds, brown gravy and fried egg; a BLT slider with house-made bacon marmalade, fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese; and toffee cake drenched in a Macallan 12 whisky sauce. The bar offers 38 draft beers with six local brewery taps and more than 20 handcrafted specialty cocktails, including three that are barrel-aged in-house for at least 30 days. Bailiwick, Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-365-7111, 800-675-3267.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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

Tom’s Urban Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
Tom's Urban Las Vegas at New York-New York Hotel & Casino will celebrate its second anniversary with a special "Tom's Turns Two" affair February 1-28. In honor of the anniversary, guests with the first name Tom or any name starting with the letter "T" will receive 50 percent off their individual bill throughout the month of February. This special is available with valid I.D. and is valid for 50 percent off individual bills only and does not apply to the entire table. Tom's Urban, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6766.
 
Aureole has reopened with a new look Aureole Reopens with a New Chef, Décor & Menu
Chef Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, which has been open at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino since 1999, closed in late 2016 for a remodel, and the restaurant has reopened with a new look, redesigned menu and new executive chef, Johnny Church. Menu highlights include raclette fondue, a selection of raw, seasonal vegetables topped with warm cheese fondue; beef and octopus carpaccio with zesty gremolata and brioche; California crab roll rolled in fresh avocado sushi-style and sprinkled with puffed rice; and cold-pressed coffee panna cotta with huckleberries, brown butter and lavender ice cream. One thing unchanged is the iconic 50-foot wine tower containing 10,000 bottles retrieved by Aureole’s signature flying wine angels. The redesigned main dining room features splashes of purple, gold and orange, with the earthy tones of a live olive tree. Fountain Terrace, Aureole’s more upscale dining room, has a color palette accentuated by a gold leaf ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows. Aureole, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7401.
 
The Palm Hosting Sunday Supper Throughout February
Throughout the month of February, The Palm at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will host a traditional Sunday Supper with classic steakhouse combinations. Served each Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and priced at $49, three seafood pairings are offered matched with a nine-ounce filet mignon: coconut crusted sea scallops drizzled with jalapeño simple syrup; a five-ounce Nova Scotia lobster tail served with melted butter; and jumbo lump crab cake with watermelon radish and jícama slaw topped with Old Bay aïoli. A children’s menu will also be available in addition to The Palm’s à la carte menu. The Palm, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-732-7256.
 
Pub 365 at Tuscany Suites & Casino offers an executive lunch menu Executive Lunch Menu at Pub 365
Pub 365 at Tuscany Suites & Casinohas begun 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 includes 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 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.
 
Standard & Pour Debuts Sunday Brunch
Standard & Pour has launched an all-new 'Mimosas, Muffins & Marys' Sunday brunch, available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. Unique specialties, prepared by executive chef Jake Dieleman, include Bacon & Egg Polenta with crispy lardons, poached eggs and green onions; an English muffin sandwich with bacon, cheddar, hash browns and basil aïoli; Muffins & Gravy, honey habanero corn bread muffin and chorizo red eye gravy; Fat Elvis French Toast with banana, peanut butter and bacon; and Tenders & Waffle, corn flake chicken tenders and cheddar jalapeño waffle. In addition, bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and PBRs are offered for $20 and a guest DJ performs each week. Standard & Pour, 11261 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 200, Henderson, NV 89052, 702-629-5523.
 
Morels Serving "Secret" Prix-Fixe Menu
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino is serving a new "secret" prix-fixe bar menu. Priced at $58, the three-course menu includes a different steak selection and side each week as chosen by executive chef J.L. Carrera, a Boggiato Farms baby iceberg salad, macaron ice cream sandwiches and unlimited glasses of Vanishing Point Pinot Noir. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-6333.
 
New Tasting Menu Experience at Other Mama
Chef/owner Daniel Krohmer has released a seven-course chef's tasting menu experience at Other Mama. The menu will change monthly and is available every Friday and Saturday evening in limited numbers. The multi-course dinner experience is priced at $75 per person not including tax, tip or beverages. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 702-463-8382. Other Mama, 3655 S. Durango Dr., Ste. 6, Las Vegas, NV 89147, 702-463-8382.
 
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House Winter Tasting Menu
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has launched a four-course winter tasting menu showcasing the restaurant's signature and new dishes from chef de cuisine Jean Paul Labadie. Priced at $55, the menu consists of first and second course options of hamachi lettuce wraps with ponzu and serrano chili, Creole boiled shrimp cocktail with local micro greens, gumbo with shrimp and andouille sausage and butternut squash soup with foie gras emulsion and crispy duck confit. Entrée choices are grilled filet of beef with roasted smashed sweet potatoes and rum reduction, pan-fried rainbow trout with jumbo lump crab, herb-roasted free-range chicken breast with bacon-braised Brussels sprouts and Emeril's sweet barbecued organic Scottish salmon with andouille pork sausage. Dessert is pecan pie, Emeril's banana cream pie or bread and butter pudding with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. An optional wine pairing selected by sommelier Scott McSimov is available starting at $35. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7374.
 
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.
 

UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian has named Kimberly Ann Ryan as its new head chef, which was one of the prizes the chef from Traverse City, Michigan, received upon competing against 17 other chefs and winning season 16 of “Hell's Kitchen.” In the second to last episode Ryan presented her signature dish, which consisted of seared scallops with mango jalapeño salsa and spicy toasted rice crispies. In addition to being awarded the head chef position, the single mom also won $250,000. Before appearing on the show, the Michigan State University graduate worked at a variety of restaurants in the Grand Traverse area including The Cook's House, Black Star Farms and Alliance in Traverse City's Warehouse District and attended Baker College's Culinary Institute of Michigan in Muskegon. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-297-6541.
 
Alizé at the Top of the Palms has appointed Chris Bulen as executive chef. Bulen has extensive experience with the restaurants of chef André Rochat, and shortly after moving to Las Vegas was hired by Rochat to work at Alizé and worked his way through kitchen positions, learning the techniques he now applies as executive chef of that very restaurant. “Returning to Alizé to take over as the executive chef has been a great honor. It’s where my career with this company began and where I really started to learn and develop as a chef,” says Bulen. Prior to rejoining Alizé, Bulen was executive chef at Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo. Bulen replaces Mark Purdy, who is now the managing partner for Stacked Hospitality, the restaurant and nightlife company that owns and operates Alizé and the new Andre’s Bistro & Bar. Alizé at the Top of the Palms, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-951-7000.
 
Marché Bacchus has appointed Tom Moloney as executive chef. Moloney spent the past 10 years as executive chef at AquaKnox at The Venetian, and prior to that, six years with Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles. Moloney joins consulting chef Luciano Pellegrini in leading the kitchen. Marché Bacchus, Lakeside Center, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-804-8008.
 
Thomas Griese, who took on the executive chef position at Charlie Palmer Steak at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas in September, has parted ways with the restaurant. Director of operations Steven Geddes (who is a master sommelier and also a trained chef who years ago worked alongside André Rochat) and executive sous chef Lalo Saavreda are teaming up to run the kitchen. According to a Charlie Palmer Group spokesperson, “At the moment, we are not searching for an executive chef as we evaluate the new team and kitchen operations.” Before joining Charlie Palmer Steak, Griese worked at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon at The Venetian, Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Michael Mina 74 and Mina Test Kitchen. It has not been announced where Griese’s next position will be. Charlie Palmer Steak, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-5120.
 
Bobby Silva has left Sake Rok, the Japanese restaurant/performance venue in The Park where he had held the title of executive chef since its opening in the spring of 2016. Replacing Silva is Joseph Mosconi, who has been with the restaurant since it opened and prior to that was executive chef at the Tahiti Village resort on Las Vegas Boulevard. It has not yet been announced what Silva’s next position will be. Sake Rok, The Park, 3786 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-706-3022.
 
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.
 

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

After 26 years, the iconic Hard Rock Cafe, with its towering neon guitar that sats at the front of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, closed after New Year’s Eve 2016. In a statement Hard Rock International said the closing marks a strategic decision by the brand to focus efforts in the market on Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip and Hard Rock LIVE Las Vegas at 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, the three-story restaurant and music venue which opened in 2009. Although they share a name, the cafe and the hotel are not owned by the same organization. The hotel and the land the cafe sits on is owned by Brookfield Asset Management, which has use of the Hard Rock name through a licensing deal with Hard Rock International. Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4475 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which had been open since the resort debuted on NYE in 2010, closed after service on January 15, 2017. After a remodel, the restaurant will reopen in the spring and will be renamed simply Blue Ribbon and will be a version of chefs/owners Bruce and Eric Bromberg’s NYC Blue Ribbon flagship restaurant, serving New American fare that will draw heavily from the original SoHo eatery. The menu will include raw bar offerings, pu pu platters and signature comfort dishes like bone marrow with oxtail marmalade, fried oysters, steak tartare and their famous fried chicken. The Asfour/Guzy-designed space will feature chandeliers, tinted cement and glazed antique tile. Blue Ribbon will be open for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 

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