Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group has opened Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the 400-acre Downtown Summerlin retail and entertainment complex. This is Puck’s seventh restaurant in Las Vegas, but his first located off the Strip. The 200-seat space incorporates materials paying homage to the desert beauty and towering red cliffs of the Red Rock Canyon. The menu features seasonal salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, seafood, handmade pasta and pizzas. Puck, who opened his first Vegas restaurant, Spago, in 1992 said, “We have such strong loyalty from locals who have been, and continue to be, a driving force behind the success of our six Strip restaurants. It’s exciting for us to move off of the Strip and become an integral part of the neighborhood.” Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, 10955 Oval Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-202-6300.
Caesars Palace will be 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 will include signature dishes like the 38-oz rib-eye "tomahawk" as well as eggs + bacon "pork belly." The opening is scheduled for Spring 2015. Searsucker, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar has opened in the new Downtown Summerlin, serving American cuisine and modern sushi. This new location is the ninth in the U.S., but first to open in the west. Décor elements include gold tiles surrounding an open kitchen area, hand-blown light fixtures scattered throughout the dining area, a six-foot chandelier at the restaurant’s entrance and a patio for al fresco dining overlooking Downtown Summerlin’s open square area. Executive chef Jason Talbot executes a menu featuring signature dishes such as scallops with butternut squash risotto, bison burger topped with pork belly, lamb meatballs with poblano cream sauce, and flatbreads such as duck confit with fig marmalade and pickled grapes. A sushi bar is curated by head sushi chef Hiroki Ohata with fresh fish options delivered daily. CRAVE is open daily for lunch and dinner. CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, 10970 Rosemary Park Drive Suite 160, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-878-5505.
Popular cook, DJ and cookbook author Steve Martorano has opened his second Vegas location, Martorano’s Paris Las Vegas, his first on the Strip. Located along the Le Boulevard portion of the Paris Las Vegas property, the restaurant features expansive seating areas, patio dining and a large central bar. The menu offers specialty items, such as his signature eggplant stack and chef's homemade meatballs. Several HD televisions are positioned throughout the restaurant, showcasing scenes from Martorano’s favorite films. After 9 p.m., the restaurant transforms into Martorano’s Supper Club, with a dance floor, DJ booth and state-of-the-art sound system playing classic R&B, disco, slow jams and today’s Top 40s and hip-hop. Martorano’s Paris Las Vegas is open daily for dinner. Martorano’s Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
Lago by Julian Serrano will open in the former space of Circo at Bellagio. This will be the first Italian restaurant from chef Julian Serrano (Picasso, Julian Serrano). The opening date is scheduled for March 2015. Lago by Julian Serrano, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Renowned Chicago chef Tony Hu has opened a Vegas location of his Lao Sze Chuan at the Palms Casino Resort. The seventh location of the Chicago-based Chinese restaurant is Hu’s first Vegas venture. The expansive menu features a selection of popular Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes, made especially for the Palms location. It features more than 200 beef, chicken, pork and seafood options; a variety of soups; dim sum; and traditional hot pots. The décor of the 150-seat restaurant includes an open design with various textiles, high ceilings, chandeliers, traditional Chinese elements, gold and red accents, ceramic sculptures, culturally inspired artwork and a spacious patio overlooking Palms Pool. Lao Sze Chuan is open daily for lunch and dinner. Lao Sze Chuan, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-990-8888.
Pantry, a 149-seat, 24-hour restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, has opened at The Mirage in the former space of B.B. King’s Blues Club. Designed by Munge Leung, décor elements include Mexican cement tile flooring, wood wall paneling, custom cabinetry filled with white crockery and vintage curios, chalkboards detailing the daily specials, mirrors with quotes from legendary chef Julia Child and artwork portraying imagery of French cuisine and fashion. Breakfast and dessert are served round the clock, with items including green eggs and ham, Valrhona Grand Cru milk chocolate pancakes and eggs Benedict, and desserts of handcrafted donuts and chocolate ganache, strawberry shortcake and banana cream pie served in miniature mason jars. Lunch and dinner, served from 11 a.m.-6 a.m., includes smoked salmon flatbread, Texas Pete fried chicken and beer-battered fish and chips. Low-calorie, gluten-free and vegetarian items are also available. Pantry, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-7111, 800-627-6667.
SLS Las Vegas is the newest resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip in nearly five years. Among the dining options are Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Cleo, Katsuya by Starck, Ku Noodle and The Griddle Cafe. Other venues include 800 Degrees Pizza, The SLS Buffet, Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book and The Perq. For reservations and additional information, visit slsvegas.com. SLS Las Vegas, 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-737-2111.
50 Eggs, Inc. has announced that it is bringing Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to The Venetian, slated for an early 2015 opening. Created by restaurateur John Kunkel, the 8,000-square-foot space will be located in the resort’s Restaurant Row, and will seat 180 guests throughout the main dining room and two private rooms. The menu will feature farm-fresh ingredients and Southern cooking. An expansive bar will allow the 50 Eggs team added space to expand their beverage program, complete with a special on-site ice room where mixologists will harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations. The new Vegas location will join 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, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
New York-New York Hotel & Casino will open two new restaurants, Tom’s Urban and Shake Shack, within its new plaza experience. With an expected opening date of December 2014, the restaurants will take over the space formerly occupied by The Sporting House, which closed June 3. Shake Shack, a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs and frozen custard, opened its original location in 2004 at NYC’s Madison Square Park, and has multiple locations on the East Coast. This new outlet will mark its first West Coast location. Tom Ryan is the namesake of Tom’s Urban, which has its roots in Denver, a concept he founded with restaurant financier Rick Schaden in 2012. Tom’s Urban will be open 24 hours and will feature an indoor-outdoor patio and menu offerings such as butter poached lobster and shrimp tacos, Xiangxiang crispy duck wings and bratwurst breakfast sliders. New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6969, 800-693-6763.
Locals Receive Half Off at Downtown Grand Restaurants Through Dec. 31
During November and December, locals will receive 50 percent off all regularly priced menu items at The Commissary and S+O Restaurant at the Downtown Grand. Guests must have valid identification and a MY POINTS DOWNTOWN GRAND membership (free to join). The offer will be valid at both restaurants until December 31. Downtown Grand, 206 N. 3rd St. , Las Vegas 89101, 702-953-4343.
Hash House a Go Go Offering Traditional Thanksgiving Feast To Go
Hash House a Go Go will again offer its Turkey To Go Go, a complete turkey feast with all of the trimmings to serve six to eight guests at home. Available at the Hash House W. Sahara location and priced at $115, the traditional meal includes a deep-fried turkey with homemade garlic mashed potatoes and pumpkin mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, fresh green beans and carrots, roasted acorn squash, homemade mac and cheese, Hash House’s biscuits with fresh strawberry jam, cranberry sauce and homemade pumpkin bread pudding for dessert. Complete re-heating instructions will accompany the dinner package. Orders must be placed by noon Monday, November 24 and picked up between noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, November 26. Payment must be made in advance at the location at 6800 W. Sahara. This location will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Hash House a Go Go, 6800 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146, 702-804-4646.
Five50 Pizza Bar's All-You-Can-Drink Beer Special During Televised Football Games
Five50 Pizza Bar is offering an all-you-can-drink beer special available throughout the football season. Priced at $25, fans can consume unlimited draft beer throughout any televised football game, and for $35, guests can add a choice of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra or a Don Julio 1942. Five50 Pizza Bar, Aria Resort & Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-590-7550; 866-359-7757.
Restaurant Guy Savoy Celebrating White Truffle Season with Prix-Fixe Menu
With the season here, Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace is offering a six-course prix-fixe menu highlighting the complex flavors of the white truffle. Priced at $420, the six-course menu includes scallops prepared two ways; pumpkin soup served with poached egg and white truffles; rich alba white truffle risotto; roasted guinea hen with salsify, hazelnut and watercress coulis, topped with white truffle shavings; and a dessert of an apple baked in spiced sugar crust, followed by Restaurant Guy Savoy Mont Blanc. The white truffle dishes are also offered a la carte. Restaurant Guy Savoy, Caesars Palace, Augustus Tower, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-SAVOY (7286); 877-346-4642.
Frites Grill Menu at Mimi's Cafe
Chef Katie Sutton, the head of the culinary team at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants, spent two months in France perfecting her version of the French frite that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The results can now be found on the Frites Grill menu, offering steak frites, grilled salmon & frites, grilled chicken & frites, mussels & frites, and roasted chicken & frites. For more information and locations, visit www.mimiscafe.com
BLT Burger Offering Late Night Happy Hour
BLT Burger at The Mirage is offering a late-night happy hour, Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Selections include half-off select beers, wines, liquor shots and bites. Among food specials are waffle bites for $3.50, a Kobe-style slider trio for $9.50, and chicken wings or ahi tuna spring rolls for $6. BLT Burger, The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-792-7888.
Chef Todd Harrington has left the Downtown Grand and accepted the executive chef position at Yardbird Southern Southern Table & Bar, which is slated to open at The Venetian in spring of 2015 in the space of the closed Pinot Brasserie. Before working at Downtown Grand, Harrington served as executive chef at Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Chef Luciano Pellegrini has joined the culinary team at Marché Bacchus as consulting chef. The Italian native previously helmed Valentino at The Venetian and was head chef at Posto in Los Angeles. Pellegrini will expand the menu to add Mediterranean-influenced dishes including a large selection of pastas. Marché Bacchus was recently named one of GAYOT's Top 10 Wine Bars in the U.S. Marché Bacchus, Lakeside Center, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-804-8008.
After winning the top spot in season 12 of the Fox reality show Hell’s Kitchen, Scott Commings has claimed his prize of the head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. The former executive chef from Woodstock, IL made a name for himself on season 12 as “The Biggest Comeback Chef in the history of Hell’s Kitchen” by taking bold risks and out-competing the other 19 contestants. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7410.
The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group has announced that chef Mark Andelbradt has been appointed executive chef of the new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, the group’s first off-Strip restaurant. Andelbradt’s last position was as executive chef at Puck's Postrio at The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes. The Chicago native’s resume also includes positions at Daniel Boulud’s Daniel in New York City, at Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto in both Philadelphia and New York City, and at Brasserie T and TRU in Chicago. Andelbradt said, “It’s exciting to be a part of Wolfgang’s first off-Strip restaurant in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is now home for my family, and I’m really looking forward to becoming even further rooted in the community with this great neighborhood restaurant.” Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Downtown Summerlin, 10955 Oval Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV n/a, 702-202-6300.
December 6 has been announced as the closing date for Sirio Ristorante at ARIA Resort & Casino. The Italian restaurant from the Maccioni family had been in operation since the resort opened in 2009 and joins its sister restaurant Osteria del Circo, which closed in September after 15 years of operation at Bellagio. The Maccioni family still has one restaurant in Las Vegas, Le Cirque at Bellagio. Sirio Ristorante, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
Circo, the casual outlet of Le Cirque that has operated at Bellagio since the resort opened in 1998, closed September 30. While Le Cirque remains open, MGM Resorts International has announced that chef Julian Serrano will open his first Italian restaurant at the resort in the Circo space, overlooking the Bellagio fountains. The new Serrano restaurant, named Lago by Julian Serrano, will feature small plates and will include an outdoor patio next to the resort’s iconic fountains, an upgrade that Circo did not have. The expected opening for Lago is March 2015. Circo, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8150.
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