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February 2014 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Bobby Flay has become the latest celebrity chef to open a burger restaurant on the Vegas Strip. His 146-seat Bobby’s Burger Palace is now open in the Shops at Crystals in CityCenter, just in front of the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and is the first West Coast location of the 18-store chain. The burgers come in options of Black Angus, ground turkey or chicken breast. All are all priced under $10, and include the new Vegas burger ($9.50) with white American cheese, Fresno red chilies and barbecue-flavored chips. Accompanying the burgers are milkshakes with non-traditional flavors such as pistachio, blueberry-pomegranate, coffee and coconut. Bobby’s Burger Palace is open daily from 10 a.m.-midnight. Bobby’s Burger Palace, 3750 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-598-0191.
 
The Commissary Latin Kitchen is open at the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on 3rd Street, just across from the casino. Helming the kitchen is Mexico City native Richard Sandoval, who attended the Culinary Institute of America, and has 37 restaurants in seven states, as well as Mexico, Dubai, Qatar and Serbia. Sandoval has returned to Las Vegas, having previously run the kitchen at Isla at Treasure Island. The Commissary features reclaimed wood, high-back leather chairs and a 140-seat patio. The menu includes made-to-order sandwiches, salads and soups; a selection of crafted burgers and milk shakes; a rotisserie featuring chef Sandoval's spice-rubbed chicken, a 12-hour smoked brisket; and 40 taps of craft beers. The Commissary also has a coffee bar, named Lavazza Coffee Café, featuring coffee drinks, crepes, warm pastries, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt-granola parfaits and a selection of artisanal gelato. The Commissary is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. The Commissary Latin Kitchen, Downtown Grand Las Vegas, 206 N. 3rd St., Las Vegas, Nevada 89101, 702-719-5311.
 
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has opened a second Las Vegas location on South Las Vegas Boulevard in Town Square. The new restaurant features a large patio that wraps around one side of the building, an open-floor-plan main dining room, an open kitchen, a bar with soft lounge seating from which the Vegas Strip is visible, and customizable private dining rooms. Chef/partner Travis Herbert oversees the kitchen, which serves 21-day, dry-aged Prime rib eye and Prime New York strip; steak companions of truffled poached lobster, Diablo shrimp and king crab with herbed butter; and seafood options of Alaskan king crab, Pacific swordfish, Scottish salmon, New Bedford scallops, seared ahi tuna and North Atlantic lobster tail. Signature sides include rosemary and garlic cipollini onions, grilled asparagus and Fleming’s potatoes with cream, jalapeños and cheddar cheese. The restaurant offers an expertly curated wine list with more than 100 wines served by the glass, which can be navigated using a custom web-based iPad. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 6515 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-407-0019.
 
The Morton Group has opened CRUSH eat, drink, love at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in the former space of Nobhill Tavern, serving a shared-plate menu by executive chef William DeMarco. The menu includes shrimp risotto, made with arugula and tomato fondue; crudo, prepared with radish, Champagne grapes and lemon; chicken skewers with fiery harissa and hummus; and chocolate and raspberry terrine and fresh berry crêpe served with balsamic ice cream. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant is divided into two distinctive rooms, a “greenhouse” garden with lighting emulating the natural migration of the sun, and a dining cellar topped by a barrel-vault ceiling composed of white brick. The garden room seats 130, and the cellar’s capacity accommodates 100. CRUSH eat, drink, love, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-1111, 800-929-1111.
 

News Bytes

Social House Offers $8 Specials During March Madness
Social House inside The Shops at Crystals in CityCenter will celebrate March Madness from March 18 through April 7, with eight food and drink specials for $8, valid in the bar and lounge during all televised NCAA games. Specials include chili-glazed chicken wings; fries layered with braised short rib, white cheddar, wasabi sour cream and green onion; King crab croquettes; Scottish salmon sushi roll; and four drink specials featuring cocktails made with Ty Ku Sake & Spirits. Social House, CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-736-1122.
 
Las Vegas Restaurant Week to Benefit Three Square Food Bank Runs March 7-14
Las Vegas Restaurant Week will run from March 7-14. More than 100 of the city’s finest restaurants will offer a three-course menu priced at $20.14, $30.14 or $50.14, with a portion of each meal donated to Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank. Beginning February 20, its website,  www.helpoutdineoutlv.org, will offer a list of participating restaurants and menus, and a capability to search by cuisine, location and price.
 
Emeril Lagasse's Las Vegas Restaurants Feature "Top Chef" Winning Dish
Emeril Lagasse's Las Vegas restaurants Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand and Table 10 at the Grand Canal Shoppes in The Venetian/Palazzo will feature chef Shirley Chung’s winning dish from one of the final episodes of Season 11 on Top Chef. It was filmed in New Orleans at Lagasse’s namesake restaurant. Available through the month of February, Chung’s Texas red fish with Asian meunière sauce, braised celery and shiitake mushrooms is priced at $36 and is being served during dinner service at the aforementioned eateries. Delmonico Steakhouse, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore have named Christopher Hopkins as resort mixologist. Drawing upon his extensive background and knowledge of the beverage industry, Hopkins will focus on educating the staff with training courses to maintain consistency, while creating seasonal cocktail menus and standardizing recipes. Hopkins has more than 16 years of experience in the food and beverage industry; prior to taking the helm at Wynn Las Vegas, he served as property mixologist at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, as a bartender for the DJT Lounge and Restaurant at Trump International Hotel and was the head bartender at SOHO House Group in London. He also served as a cocktail consultant for The Merrywell, in his hometown of Perth, Australia. Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
 
Border Grill at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino has appointed Chris Keating as its new executive chef. Keating, a North Carolina native, has worked previously at Revival Grill and Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro; Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; and most recently, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at The Atlantis. Co-owner/chef Mary Sue Milliken said, "We are very happy to bring chef Chris on to our team in Las Vegas. His enthusiasm, wealth of experience and culinary talent is a perfect fit for our company culture.” Co-owner/chef Susan Feniger added, “Chef Chris brings an incredible amount of creativity and leadership to the Border Grill team. We are so excited to collaborate with him in the kitchen and share our passion for cooking.” Keating replaces Mike Minor, who is planning on opening his own food truck, Truck U Barbecue, featuring classic American barbecue with Mexican flavors. Border Grill, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7403.
 

Closings

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