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July 2011 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Double Helix Wine and Whiskey Lounge has opened a new location at Town Square in Las Vegas. There are more than 20 wines by the glass, as well as 50 whiskies, sampler flights, Double Helix’s signature “winetails” and a small plates menu from chef Doug Vega, formerly of Daniel Boulud Brasserie. The menu also features cheeseboards, flatbreads, shrimp and grits, bacon-wrapped mini Kobe hot dogs, meatballs and hummus. The lounge is located in the space formerly occupied by The Grape in the Rave theater courtyard between Nu Sanctuary and the Yard House. A daily happy hour occurs from 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., offering half-priced small plates and select wines and whiskeys. Double Helix Wine and Whiskey Lounge, Town Square, 6599 Las Vegas Blvd. S. #150B, Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-473-5415.
 

News Bytes

Bar Hop Offers Unlimited Drinks at The Venetian/Palazzo Bars
One can bar hop at The Venetian and The Palazzo through its new "Bar Hop" promotion. For $75, guests receive a wristband that provides unlimited well drinks, house wines and domestic beers from noon-midnight at the properties’ Salute Lounge, Laguna Champagne Bar, La Scena Lounge, Fusion Latin Mixology Bar and Oculus, plus complimentary admission to both V Bar and Azure Luxury Pool. Or for $150, the Weekend Hop runs from Friday at noon until Sunday at 6 p.m. The deal lasts through the end of summer. Wristbands are available at any Venetian/Palazzo box office. The Venetian/The Palazzo, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
 
Six-Hour Happy Hour Special Debuts at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo has kicked off a new daily happy hour that may be one of the longest in town. Offered in the bar and outdoor patio lounge from noon-6 p.m. daily, the deal is for two-for-one well drinks, select bottled beers and red and white wine selections. There is also a special lounge menu, which includes more than 60 artisanal cheeses and charcuterie choices. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-6333.
 
BOA Steakhouse and Sushi Roku Offering 20% Discount For Locals
BOA Steakhouse and Sushi Roku are offering a 20-percent discount for locals through Labor Day. Meanwhile, all guests can choose from a $45 prix-fixe “summer break” menu with a starter, entrée and dessert. Choices for BOA include organic baby greens, beef medallions and vanilla bean crème brûlée. The Sushi Roku menu features an appetizer trio of miso-glazed popcorn shrimp, salmon carpaccio and Kobe beef skewer, assorted sushi selections, grilled petite filet, and a dessert of mini chocolate cake or fresh fruit and sorbet. Both restaurants are located side-by-side in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. BOA Steakhouse, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-7373.
 
Newest Farmer’s Market Showcasing Southern Nevada Growers & Purveyors
More than 1,200 turned out for the launch of Las Vegas’ newest farmer’s market July 14. The Downtown FEED (Fremont East Entertainment District) is located indoors at Azul at 115 N. 7th Street behind the El Cortez. The air-conditioned, temperature-controlled atmosphere is keeping both the produce and patrons from wilting. More than 15 area growers are bringing in fresh fruit, vegetables and spices grown in Henderson, Las Vegas and Pahrump. The market takes place every Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free covered parking is available courtesy of the El Cortez, and metered spaces are available in front of the farmer’s market.
 
D.O.C.G. at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Adds Steaks to its Menu
Scott Conant’s D.O.C.G. at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has added grilled options to its menu. Additions include a beef filet ($33), a New York strip ($39), a rib-eye chop ($59), a Berkshire pork chop with glazed balsamic reduction ($27) and Australian lamb chops ($32). All steaks come with a choice of salsa verde, béarnaise or peppercorn sauce. D.O.C.G., The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
 
P.J. Clarke’s Offers Shucked Oysters for a Buck
P.J. Clarke’s at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is offering unlimited $1 freshly shucked oysters on the half shell from 2:45 p.m.-6 p.m. every day but Saturday. P.J. Clarke’s, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-434-7900.
 
Rumors Fly That Gordon Ramsay Will Open Steakhouse on the Vegas Strip
The rumor mill is churning and the smart money is on Gordon Ramsay opening a steakhouse on the Vegas Strip at Paris Las Vegas. In late June, while filming an episode of his "Hell’s Kitchen" show at the Paris, Ramsay dropped plenty of hints, and at one point said his new restaurant will be “… just steps from this theater.” The execs at Caesars Entertainment, Inc. are keeping mum for now, but rumor has it that Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse will open at the Paris in about four months. Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-BONJOUR (266-5687).
 
Koi Debuts "Buzzed Mochi" Menu
Koi at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has debuted its “buzzed mochi” menu. Four new cocktail-inspired dipping sauces have been created from popular liqueurs to offer a booze-infused after-dinner treat. The pairings include mango mochi-mango fruit salad highlighted with notes of Grand Marnier, strawberry mochi-chocolate-covered strawberries enhanced with a Godiva White Chocolate liqueur sauce, green tea mochi with Bailey’s Irish Cream dipping sauce, and chocolate mochi-cocoa flavors married with hints of hazelnut through a Frangelico sauce. Two pairings are offered for $10. Koi, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, a Sheraton Hotel, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-454-4555.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Executive chef John Schenk has left Strip House at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, leaving chef de cuisine Dustin Rixey at the helm. Rixey previously worked at Nectar at Bellagio before transitioning to Strip House. Strip House , Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, a Sheraton Hotel, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-737-5200.
 
Devin Hashimoto has taken over as executive chef at Okada, the Japanese/French fusion restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas, replacing Masa Ishizawa. A Hawaiian of Japanese descent and formally trained in French cuisine, Hashimoto formerly was chef de cuisine of the fine-dining French restaurant Alex at Wynn Las Vegas, where for six years he worked alongside executive chef Alex Stratta. Okada, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-3320.
 
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino has announced the appointment of Susan Wolfla to the position of executive chef for the property. The first female chef in Las Vegas history to be named as executive chef of a major resort on the Strip, Wolfla holds degrees from both Purdue University and The Culinary Institute of America. She previously worked at Atlantis in the Bahamas and Little Dix Bay in the Virgin Islands before coming to the Mandalay Bay in 2005, where she worked her way up from sous chef to assistant executive chef to her current executive chef position. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
 
Vincent Chiyuto has been named the executive chef of Radio City Pizzeria at the Tivoli Village. Chiyuto came to Las Vegas in 2001 to serve as sous chef at Emeril’s Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian. He went on to open Table 10 as its executive chef and Lagasse's Stadium as chef de cuisine, both at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino. Radio City Pizzeria, 410 S. Rampart, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-998-7580 .
 

Closings

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Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria, a local's favorite, has closed its location in Boca Park on Rampart and Alta. Owners Giovanni and Marcello Mauro posted a letter thanking patrons for their time spent with them and inviting them to visit their other location at 6020 W. Flamingo, which remains open. Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria, Rampart Commons, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89128, no phone.
 
Rosemary’s Restaurant, a Las Vegas fine-dining mainstay for a dozen years, has closed. Chef/owners Michael and Wendy Jordan, both former protégés of Emeril Lagasse, broke new ground in 1999, opening a reasonably priced gourmet restaurant in the suburbs of Las Vegas, which was virtually unheard of at that time. During its tenure, Rosemary’s was consistently rated as one of the best off-Strip restaurants in Vegas and won numerous accolades. Rosemary’s was one of the first restaurants in Las Vegas to serve an upscale beer list to match its extensive wine collection and hosted quarterly beer pairing dinners over the past decade. Rosemary’s Restaurant, 8125 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89117, no phone.
 
After 23 years at its E. Tropicana location, Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens has closed. Unfortunately for this Vegas mainstay, the restaurant was in the same building as the Liberace Museum, which closed in October, and many customers mistakenly assumed Carluccio’s had closed as well. Carluccio’s location at 10170 W. Tropicana remains open. Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens, 1775 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119, no phone.
 

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