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July 2012 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay will open his second Las Vegas restaurant in late 2012. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace will serve British pub food with a contemporary twist and offer over 40 beers on tap. This casual pub will use fresh, seasonal ingredients. Expect to find some of Ramsay's favorites, like bangers and mash, fish ‘n' chips and roasted chicken. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, phone not available.
 
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, known for its hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas, is now open inside The Shoppes at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino. The pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, salads, calzones and desserts that are complemented by an extensive wine list and full bar. The signature 25-ton oven is heated by coal, and reaches a temperature of up to 1,200 degrees, which allows the pies to bake evenly to create a crispy and smoky thin crust. The new opening is the sixth location in Nevada and the second on the Vegas Strip. The restaurant group currently operates 26 restaurants in Florida, Arizona, New York and Nevada. The new venue is open daily for lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-263-3001.
 
Construction is underway for the five-story Hakkasan lounge, restaurant and nightclub in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The upscale Chinese restaurant is expected to open in December, and will take over the space of the former Studio 54 nightclub. Hakkasan first opened in London in 2001 and has added locations in Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Miami and New York City. The 75,000-square-foot restaurant will partner with Angel Management Group (AMG), and will feature modern Chinese-inspired decor and a nightclub component. A website, hakkasanlv.com, has been created to promote the venue with a live camera allowing one to follow the construction. Hakkasan, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-1111, 800-929-1111.
 

News Bytes

Las Vegas Restaurant Week to Run August 27 through September 2
Las Vegas Restaurant Week will run from August 27 through September 2. More than 100 of the city’s finest restaurants will offer a three-course menu priced at $20.12, $30.12 or $50.12, with a portion of each meal donated to Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank. Participating restaurants include Alize at the Top of the Palms, MOzen Bistro, Strip House, NOVE Italiano, Table 10, STK and Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro. For a list of participating restaurants and menus, and to search by cuisine, location and price, visit www.helpoutdineoutlv.org.
 
Summer Break for Joël Robuchon
Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will be closed for its annual summer break, July 31 through August 22. Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7925.
 
Summer Break for Restaurant Guy Savoy
Restaurant Guy Savoy will be closed for its annual summer break, July 30 through August 21, 2012. Restaurant Guy Savoy, Caesars Palace, Augustus Tower, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-SAVOY (7286).
 
Kokomo’s Offering Three-course Prix-Fixe Menu During Olympic Games
Kokomo's at The Mirage will honor the Olympic Summer Games with a three-course prix-fixe menu with bronze, silver and gold medal options. The bronze dinner is priced at priced at $79, and includes a choice of chilled purple potato and leek soup or caramelized onion and Stilton tart; and a braised short rib banger or lobster-stuffed dover sole. The silver menu costs $99, also includes featured wine pairings. The gold menu is $109 per person,  and includes both the bronze and silver options, along with summer truffles, foie gras, caviar and a gold leaf and walnut ice cream bon bon. The menus will be served July 27 through the closing ceremonies August 12. Kokomo’s, Mirage Las Vegas, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-7350.
 
Dining room of Bayside Buffet Bayside Buffet Adds Unlimited Beer and Wine to Dinner Buffet
Bayside Buffet at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has added unlimited beer and wine to its buffet menu during its dinner hours, offering bottomless refills on Bud Light draft, house champagne, Merlot and Chardonnay. The cost for the buffet is $29.99, and is held nightly from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Bayside Buffet, Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777.
 
Silverton Offering All Day Dining Passes
The Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge is offering its Eat Your Heart Out passes, with $30 and $50 all-day dining options at its Mi Casa Grill Cantina, Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Sundance Grill and Seasons restaurants. The passes can be purchased from the Silverton Rewards Club and must be used on the date purchased. For complete details, visit www.silvertoncasino.com/promotions/vegas-dining-specials.aspx. Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777, 866-946-4373.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Executive chef Sven Mede has left American Fish at Aria Resort & Casino. His replacement is Josh Crain. Mede has accepted a position as corporate chef with EDC Hotels in Santa Monica, Calif. American Fish, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
 

Closings

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Johnny Smalls at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino closed without prior notice July 28. The Hard Rock is currently not releasing information regarding the restaurant’s replacement. The small plates concept had been open since April 2010. Johnny Smalls, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
 
After a 40-year run, German market and restaurant Cafe Heidelberg has closed. Owner Tanya Ferris, who bought the restaurant in 1997, cited one of the reasons for closing being that she was unable to negotiate more affordable terms with landlords when the lease ran out June 30. Cafe Heidelberg, 604 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104, no phone.
 
Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at Treasure Island closed on July 29. The restaurant space will be transformed into the Seafood Shack, which will open in September. Further details about the Seafood Shack will be released closer to its opening. Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 

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