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.
Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders has opened at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, located just steps away from 33 plasma TVs at the resorts sports book, The Playing Field. The menu features three all-beef slider options of hamburger, cheeseburger and bacon cheeseburger; wings and tenders in flavors of honey barbecue, jalapeño tequila lime, teriyaki pineapple, Parmesan garlic and mild, medium or hot wing sauce; four varieties of house-cut waffle fries: plain, buffalo, cheese and nacho style; veggie dippers with dips made in-house including wasabi ranch, blue cheese and Sriracha ranch; and 15-inch pizza slices with options of cheese, pepperoni, salami trio, chicken and spinach, big meat, sausage and Margherita. Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders is open with food service from 11 a.m.-midnight daily, with the bar serving drinks 24 hours. Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-785-5555, 877-333-WISH.
Caesars Palace is home to an outpost of chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker, which has two locations in the San Diego area and another in Austin. The menu includes signature dishes like the 38-oz rib-eye "tomahawk" as well as eggs + bacon "pork belly." Searsucker, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-866-1800.
Chef Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, the husband-and-wife team behind neighborhood favorites Honey Salt and Made L.V., will open Andiron Steak & Sea at Downtown Summerlin. Set to open in March, the 8,338-square-foot fine dining concept will be situated on the north side of the mega-mall on Festival Plaza Drive, and will be the closest restaurant to Red Rock Resort, across the way. Chef Canteenwalla will create an "homage to all things, grilled, roasted, shucked and seared," with a menu featuring premium meats, shellfish, seafood and seasonal market sides. Named after the metal support used for holding up logs in a fireplace, the restaurant’s wood-fired grill will be a visual and cooking centerpiece, with chef Joseph Zanelli overseeing operations. The restaurateur couple has selected designer Thomas Schlesser’s Design Bureaux, Inc. to do the décor. Schlesser looks to create a bright dining room with light woods and floral patterns, giving a decidedly feminine twist. Andiron Steak & Sea, Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-685-4015.
Tom’s Urban has opened at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night. The casual dining concept is located on the casino floor, adjacent to the resort’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and spans more than 12,000 square feet. The design features reclaimed wood, warm colors and an outdoor patio. The menu showcases a blend of the world’s favorite street foods including American, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern. Signature items include shrimp and grits with pork belly, crispy duck wings with hoisin glaze, filet mignon steak sliders and St. Louis ribs hardwood-smoked, slow-cooked, double-sauced and glazed. Among beverage options are handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, fine wines and signature “to-go” drinks. This new location is third in the U.S., joining others in Los Angeles and Denver. Tom’s Urban, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6969, 800-693-6763.
50 Eggs, Inc. has opened Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian. Created by restaurateur John Kunkel, the 8,000-square-foot space is located in the resort’s Restaurant Row, and seats 180 guests throughout the main dining room and two private rooms. The menu features farm-fresh ingredients and Southern cooking. An expansive bar allows the 50 Eggs team added space to expand their beverage program, complete with a special on-site ice room where mixologists harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations. The new Vegas location joins Yardbird Southern Table & Bar’s original location on Miami Beach, which opened in 2011. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-297-6541.
Off The Strip, a locals' favorite in Southern Highlands since 2007, has opened a second location, ON the Strip, at the Promenade at The LINQ. The two-story, 11,000-square-foot restaurant is open 24 hours, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The decor features a contemporary design with dark woods, stone, brick and metals; black chalkboards showcasing inspirational sayings; an open, high-performance kitchen as the centerpiece; and a large staircase leading to the second floor, accenting the height of the 15-foot ceilings. The menu features signature comfort favorites including steaks, chops, seafood and pasta dishes, which will change seasonally. ON The Strip, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 800-351-7400 .
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has opened the all-new 8 Noodle Bar, as part of the property’s $35 million-plus reinvestment. The restaurant seats 41 guests and incorporates traditional Asian elements such as a vibrant red façade, an intricate lattice screen, a display of suspended noodle bowls, artwork featuring abstracted images of traditional noodle throwing techniques, and custom furniture featuring dragons crawling across the back of banquettes among tables reminiscent of burnt wood. Led by Saigon native chef Andy Vu, the menu features dishes using fresh ingredients with touches of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines, and a special emphasis on noodle and rice bowls. 8 Noodle Bar, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 866-767-7773, 702-797-7777.
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.
Otto Las Vegas Invites Guests to Relax on Its Piazza While Enjoying Complimentary Cicchetti
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria at The Venetian is offering a complimentary chef’s selection of cicchetti (small bites) on the restaurant’s Piazza overlooking The Venetian’s St. Mark’s Square from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. with the purchase of a bottle of wine. Examples of the ever-changing cicchetti selection are fritti, salumi, marinated olives, bruschetta and crostini, marinated vegetables and Italian cheeses. The wine list includes labels from some of Italy’s most renowned winegrowing regions and features a list of 100 bottles of wine for under $100. Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-677-3390.
Zenshin Asian Restaurant Introduces New $5 Lunch and $9.95 Entrée Specials
Zenshin Asian Restaurant at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, has introduced a new lunch menu featuring discounted sushi rolls and entrées, available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The new items start at $5 and include a crunch roll with shrimp tempura, crab, avocado roll topped with eel sauce; spicy tuna roll with spicy tuna and cucumber; and California roll with crab, avocado and cucumber. In addition, new entrée specials priced at $9.95 include poke and cone sushi, an 8-ounce Wagyu burger, a po' boy tempura soft shell crab sandwich, and three mini Kurobuta sausages. Zenshin Asian Restaurant, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89183, 702-797-8538.
Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Serving Daily $9.99 Lunch Specials
Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is now serving daily lunch specials from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All priced at $9.99, the specials include tacos al pastor, pink tacos (black beans, grilled chicken, salsa arbol, pickled onions and avocado), tacos al carbon, vegetable tacos, tostada salad and fajita bowl. Pink Taco, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5525.
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.
The Culinary Dropout gastropub inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has promoted chef Mike Sutton to executive chef. Sutton brings more than nine years of experience, and studied culinary arts at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, before coming to Las Vegas nine years ago. Before joining Culinary Dropout as a sous chef in August 2013, Sutton worked as a line cook at the MGM Grand’s Shibuya. In his new role at Culinary Dropout, chef Sutton will lead the culinary team through hands-on training. In a press release, Sutton said, “I want my team to be excited to come in and do the best they can to step up, help each other out and build that teamwork and passion.” Culinary Dropout, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
David Mangual has accepted the executive position at Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo. Mangual has been a member of the Double Barrel staff since the restaurant’s opening in 2014. The East Chicago native has 20 years of culinary experience working in Las Vegas, and prior to joining Double Barrel, he worked at Renoir by Alex Stratta at The Mirage and at Osteria del Circo and Sensi at Bellagio. Mangual replaces Michael Vitangeli, who has accepted the executive chef position at Vintner Grill. Double Barrel Roadhouse, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-222-7735.
Rob Moore and Sean Griffin are doing a switcheroo. Moore was executive chef of Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria, and Griffin held the same position at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime steakhouse at the Bellagio, and now both chefs have switched restaurants. Moore’s resume includes positions at Lespinasse and Sammy DeMarco’s First and DeMarco’s Room in New York, and in Las Vegas at Sensi and Prime at the Bellagio, before moving over to Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria. Griffin’s resume is equally impressive, having held positions as chef de cuisine at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, chef de cuisine for Nero’s Restaurant at Caesars Palace, and as executive chef at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Scottsdale, Arizona, before he came over to take the executive chef position at Prime. Prime, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7223.
"Rock n' Roll Chef" Kerry Simon is downsizing, as he is closing two of his restaurants when their leases run 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 is slated to close on May 22. 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, 702-944-3292.
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.
The Griddle Café at SLS Las Vegas closed January 31 and reopened as Northside Cafe at SLS, a 24-hour spot inspired by Las Vegas’s classic coffee shops. Northside Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus. The original The Griddle Café location in West Hollywood, Calif., is still open. Griddle Café, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
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