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August 2013 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Sophie Gayot and Giada De Laurentiis Chef, author and television personality Giada De Laurentiis will open her very first restaurant, Giada, in early 2014 when the new yet-to-be named resort (the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall) opens at the corner of Flamingo Rd. and the Strip. The venue will be located on the second level above the casino floor with views of the Vegas Strip and al fresco dining. The restaurant space will extend over the pedestrian walkway below, featuring large glass windows affording natural lighting, and will be outfitted with living room-style furniture. Private dining room space will be available for larger parties or group functions. The menu will feature De Laurentiis’ cuisine embracing her birthplace of Rome, with Californian influences, and include traditional family recipes and her signature dishes as seen on her Food Network television shows and in her cookbooks. An open kitchen will give guests the opportunity to watch the chefs in action. The 300-seat restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner daily. Giada, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is planning to add to its lounge and club scene with the 23,354-square-foot Rose.Rabbit.Lie. The club is projected for a late 2013 opening, with a potential occupancy of 1,143 guests. Rose.Rabbit.Lie., 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
 
Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio has opened his second restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak. Located at The Mirage in the space of the former Kokomo's restaurant, the 220-seat venue focuses on meats prepared entirely over an open flame, including wood-burning ovens and charcoal grills. The menu features cuts of antibiotic-free meats raised by purveyors committed to time-honored farming practices and heritage breeds. The Bentel+Bentel design highlights natural materials. Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-7111, 800-627-6667.
 

News Bytes

Embers Grille + Spirits Offering 50 Percent off Bill September 11 & 12
Embers Grille + Spirits at Boca Park in Summerlin will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a special two-day “half off everything” party. Offered September 11 & 12, the special pricing will apply to the whole menu and the discount will be applied to the entire bill. Embers is open daily for dinner and brunch on Sundays. Embers Grille + Spirits, Boca Park, 740 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 7, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-778-2160.
 
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare and Wing Lei to Undergo Renovations
Wing Lei Chinese restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas will temporarily close October 8 to undergo a complete renovation of the restaurant’s interiors. Also closing for refurbishment is Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, which will close November 3. Both restaurants plan to reopen December 21. Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
 
Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankies Tiki Room in Las Vegas Take a "Liquid Vacation" with Help from Frankie's Tiki Room
Frankie's Tiki Room has released “Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas,” a book of cocktail recipes for their potent Polynesian-inspired potions. Read more on GAYOT's blog. Frankie's Tiki Room, 1712 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-385-3110.
 
Wynn Las Vegas Debuts Dinner and Le Reve Show Package
Wynn Las Vegas is offering a dinner and show package pairing its Allegro Italian restaurant with Le Reve-The Dream. A premium ticket accompanied by a three-course prix-fixe meal with wine pairings is available before or after the show and begins at $185 per person. Among courses are a choice of bruschetta, Caesar salad, eggplant parmigiana or house-made meatballs; an entree selection of baked lasagna, chicken parmigiana, mushroom-crusted salmon or veal marsala; and dessert of fresh baked biscotti. Allegro is located just steps from the theater. To book the package, call 888-320-7110. Allegro, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-2040, 1-888-320-WYNN.
 
Fleming’s Offering Three-course Prime Rib Special
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a three-course prime rib special for $29.95 through September 2. Available on Sundays and Mondays, the courses include a choice of new wedge, Fleming’s salad or modern Caesar salad; Prime rib with au jus, horseradish and Dijon sauces and choice of side; and a choice of dessert. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Barcelone Plaza, 8721 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89117, 702-838-4774.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Chen Wei Chan has been named executive chef of the pan-Asian bistro Wazuzu at Encore. Chan previously worked in New York City as part of the opening team of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar and oversaw the daily kitchen operation at The Carlyle on Madison Avenue. Chen also held chef de cuisine positions at Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s Sugar Mill restaurant in Virgin Gorda and The BodyHoliday’s Tao restaurant in St. Lucia. Wazuzu, Encore Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-5388.
 
Celebrity chef/"Top Chef: Seattle" alum Carla Pellegrino has left Meatball Spot, the casual eatery in Town Square. Pellegrino reports that she left on good terms after completing her contract and said, “I want to focus on my Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina and new endeavors that fit more my passion and vision of Italian food.” Also, pop star Britney Spears will have partial ownership of Meatball Spot and plans are to move it to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino next to the theater where she will be performing. Meatball Spot, Town Square, 6605 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 145, Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-641-7768.
 

Closings

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