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December 2012 Archive

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If you haven't picked a place to eat tonight, you're in luck. Gayot has all the restaurant news for your area right here. Learn which new restaurants have opened in Las Vegas and which restaurants in Las Vegas have recently closed. Find out where your favorite chefs are cooking and locate special events. 

RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Just on the heels of opening his first Vegas restaurant (Gordon Ramsay Steak, opened in May 2012), now two more eateries have opened on the Vegas Strip from the celebrity chef. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, in the space formerly occupied by Bradley Ogden, offers 36 beers on tap plus 24 bottled beers and British pub favorites such as shepherd’s pie, fried egg sandwiches and fish and chips. Across the street at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, near the entrance adjacent to the Extra! Lounge, Gordon Ramsay BurGR is a huge 250-seat, 5,660 square-foot burger bar that features an open kitchen; burgers made from a blend of short rib, brisket and chuck and cooked over an open flame fueled by hard woods; sports and entertainment viewing; a keg room; and self-serve beer taps. Both restaurants opened within days of each other, and two restaurants from the same chef opening within one week of each other in two different casino resorts is a feat never before accomplished on the Las Vegas Strip.
 
The California-based restaurant Kelly’s Prime Steak and Seafood has opened in the former Ruth’s Chris Steak House space on Paradise Road. The 12,000-square-foot eatery seats 450 and includes a bar and lounge, private dining rooms and three banquet rooms for large groups. The lounge area features a pianist, and musicians or singers performing nightly. Specialties include filet Oscar, Colorado rack of lamb, steak Diane and Chateaubriand. Kelly’s is open daily for lunch and dinner. Kelly’s Prime Steak and Seafood, 3900 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-791-7011.
 
福Fú, meaning “luck” in English, has opened at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the former space of the tapas eatery Johnny Smalls. The 2,756-square-foot restaurant has seating for 160 in the main dining room; a private room accommodates 40. The menu features a fusion of Asian fare with authentic Chinese cuisine and inspirations from Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. Signature dishes include Hong Kong-style roast duck noodle soup, cold Vietnamese spring rolls, and wok-fried salmon with creamy Thai basil sauce. Executive chef Ming See Woo has had a successful career in the Chinese restaurant business in Las Vegas since 1976, owning Mayflower restaurants and Woo at The Palazzo. 福Fú, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
 
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Red, White & Blue has been replaced with the newly opened Citizens Kitchen & Bar, a casual American bistro by corporate executive chef Brian Massie. The menu is available 24 hours a day and includes American favorites such as Maryland blue crab cakes, southern fried chicken and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Citizens Kitchen & Bar, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
 
After a month-long renovation, Red Square at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino has reopened under the direction of Light Group’s corporate executive chef Brian Massie. The revamped menu features easy-to-share plates including tuna tartare, chicken Kiev with bacon Brussels sprouts and an extensive caviar selection. Facets unchanged are the Soviet theme, evidenced by the massive headless statue of Vladimir Lenin with faux bird droppings, and the frozen Ice Bar and Vodka Vault, stocking a bevy of vodkas. Red Square is open daily from 4:30 p.m. Red Square, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7407.
 
Andrea’s opened December 28 in Encore Las Vegas in the space formerly occupied by Switch. The restaurant, named after Steve Wynn’s wife Andrea Hissom Wynn, serves Asian cuisine and features a lounge, step-up dining area, hexagon-shaped tables for large groups, and a 2,100-square-foot terrace overlooking Surrender Nightclub’s outdoor space. Joseph Elevado has been named executive chef and has designed a menu suited for sharing, which includes crispy crab and scallop, dim sum pot stickers, truffled ponzu rock shrimp tempura and Wagyu sliders, as well as classically prepared steaks, seafood, poultry and vegan options. Elevado previously helmed the kitchen at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, and at Nobu Las Vegas and Social House in Las Vegas. Andrea’s is open daily from 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Andrea's, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-770-7800.
 
Chocolat Bistro has opened at the Palms Casino Resort Chocolat Bistro has opened at the Palms Casino Resort, serving crepes, 18 varieties of gelatos, an array of desserts, breakfast croissants and fresh flatbreads. Homemade crepes are available in flavors including Nutella and mascarpone, apple, granola and caramel. An assortment of espresso beverages is also available. This venue marks the bistro’s first Las Vegas location. Chocolat Bistro is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Chocolat Bistro, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-7777, 866-942-7777, 866-942-7770.
 

News Bytes

Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery Cookbook
Chef Thomas Keller has released a new cookbook featuring recipes from Bouchon Bakery. Read more on GAYOT's blog. Bouchon Bakery, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-6200.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Origin India has named Vinod Kumar Ahuja as its new executive chef. Ahuja, a native of India, brings more than 40 years of experience as a hotel and restaurant consultant, and has worked as executive chef at Viceroy Restaurant in Chicago, Nyauta Indian Restaurant in New York and Priya Indian Cuisine and Bombay Grille in Michigan. Ahuja will introduce a revamped menu featuring modern Indian cuisine and full-flavored Indian street foods, as well as a wide variety of kebabs. Origin India, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-734-6342.
 
Chef Kim Canteenwalla has left his executive chef position at Society Café Encore to concentrate on his newly opened restaurant, Honey Salt. His replacement is Bryan Forgione, who has served as chef de cuisine at Society Café since 2009, and as sous chef at Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas in 2008. Forgione is the son of famed chef Larry Forgione, and began his career in his father’s restaurant, An American Place, in New York City. Forgione attended the Culinary Institute of America and has also worked at Above at The Hilton 42nd Street, Union Square Café in Manhattan and at Beekman Arm’s in Rhinebeck, NY. Society Café Encore, Encore Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-5300.
 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Kokomo’s at The Mirage will be closing after dinner service January 12. The steak and seafood restaurant will be replaced by a new concept by Tom Colicchio, which is planned for a summer of 2013 opening. According to a press release, the new restaurant will focus on “meats prepared entirely over an open flame-from wood-burning ovens to charcoal grills.” Colicchio currently owns two Las Vegas restaurants at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: Craftsteak and 'wichcraft. Kokomo's, Mirage Las Vegas, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-7350.
 
B.B. King's Blues Club at The Mirage closed its doors in November. The restaurant has been in bankruptcy since February, but a ruling in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in September, allowing the Mirage to withhold charges that customers put on their room tabs to pay down unpaid bills, greatly affected the restaurant’s cash flow, prompting the Memphis-based company to pull the plug. B.B. King's Blues Club, The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 

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