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March 2013 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

Zenshin Asian Restaurant has opened inside the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. At the helm in the kitchen is chef Terence Fong, who is known for his Island Sushi & Hawaiian Grill restaurants. The menu features authentic Asian cuisine, including miso-marinated black cod, oxtail soup, miso ramen with pork belly and a fire-grilled bone-in rib eye with a roasted garlic compound butter and a medley of Japanese mushrooms. The sushi bar serves a variety of fresh sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls. Zenshin is open daily for lunch and dinner and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Zenshin Asian Restaurant, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89183, 702-796-7111.
 
Park on Fremont, a 5,000-square-foot gastropub, will open by the end of March, at 500 E. Fremont Street in the Fremont East Art District. The decor will feature an eclectic art collection; reclaimed herringbone flooring; a working 1940s-era jukebox; and an outdoor patio area with antique tables, lush garden, eight-foot archangel statue and a Cinderella-style carriage on the rooftop. The menu will offer signature items including chicken with red onion, arugula, tomato, Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic vinegar; grilled cheese served on brioche with American cheese or Brie with Serrano ham; stuffed burgers filled with smoked cheddar and bacon or Gorgonzola cheese and sautéed mushrooms; and 100 different beer selections from around the world. Hours will be daily from 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Park on Fremont, 500 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-798-7000.
 
After Bradley Ogden closed at Caesars Palace last year, many in Las Vegas lamented that they would no longer be able to enjoy what many consider one of the best burgers in the town. Word is out that Ogden will soon return to Vegas, as he will be opening up a new concept, Harvest and Hops, in the former space of Bottles & Burgers at Tivoli Village in Summerlin. The eatery will capitalize on Ogden’s relationships with the area’s top artisanal food producers. An opening date has not yet been announced.
 

News Bytes

ARIA’s Zarkana Offers Show-dinner Packages
Las Vegas’ newest Cirque du Soleil® Zarkana™ at ARIA Resort & Casino is offering three dinner-and-show packages at eight of the resort’s restaurants. Named for characters in the show, “The Jovian” is offered at Julian Serrano or Lemongrass; “The Lia” at American Fish, Bar Masa, Blossom, Sage or Sirio Ristorante;  and “The Zark”  at Jean-Georges Steakhouse. Each package includes a prix-fixe meal before the show, premium orchestra seating and a complimentary “Zarkgria,” a Zarkana-inspired sangria. Prices start at $128, $138 and $158 respectively. To book a package, call 855-927-5262 and mention “Zarkana Dinner & Show Package. ARIA Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
 
Hell’s Kitchen Winner to Be Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub
Chef Gordon Ramsay is narrowing the field of competitors who are competing on the 11th season of Hell’s Kitchen, which airs Tuesdays on FOX. The grand prize will be a head chef position working under executive chef Jeremy Berlin at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7410.
 
James Beard Award Nominations Announced
The nominees for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced. Picasso is up for Outstanding Wine Program. The annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will take place on May 3 & 6, 2013, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Find reviews for the restaurants nominated on GAYOT's James Beard Foundation Awards coverage.
 
Happy Hour at Due Forni
Due Forni has introduced a happy hour menu of gourmet appetizers priced at $5, including oven-baked goat cheese with bacon, apple and honey; duck confit over arugula, caramelized onions and ubriaco cheese; pork belly with smoked bacon polenta and red wine reduction; turkey meatballs with tomato and Parmesan; and braised oxtail served with gnocchi, cremini and parsley. The happy hour is offered from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. daily; add a glass of select wine for $5. Due Forni, 3555 S. Town Center Dr., Ste. 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-586-6500.
 
Confectionary Art on Display at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has created a confectionary display for Easter composed entirely of chocolate. Designed by executive pastry chef Kamel Guechida, the creation took more than eight weeks to complete and is composed of 70 pounds of dark, milk and white chocolate pressed and shaped into polycarbonate molds. The display includes colorful sculptures of flowers, eggs of various shapes and sizes, bunnies, birds, dragonflies, butterflies and hens. The Easter display is available for viewing at the restaurant through Monday, April 1. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7358.
 
Jazz Sundays Brunch at MOzen Bistro
MOzen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has launched its Jazz Sundays Brunch. The weekly event features live jazz and an all-you-can-eat brunch priced at $58, which includes sushi, crab claws, Kumomoto oysters, traditional dim sum, Belgian waffles, live carving stations and dessert offerings. Free-flowing champagne is offered for an additional $35, and unlimited mimosas are $19 per person. The brunch is served from noon-2:30 p.m. Additionally, on Sunday evenings, the Mandarin Bar on the 23rd floor hosts live jazz bands from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. with light bites, domestic and imported beers for $6, and signature cocktails for $14. MOzen Bistro, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, CityCenter, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89158, 888-881-9367.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Chef Kamel Guechida has announced he will be leaving his post as pastry chef of Joël Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The MGM has not yet announced replacement or when his final day will be. Guechida has been with Robuchon since the restaurants opened in 2005. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7358.
 
Josh Crain is leaving American Fish at Aria Resort & Casino and taking the chef de cuisine position at Bouchon at The Venetian, beginning April 2. Crain previously helmed the kitchens at Seablue and Nobhill Tavern at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and also worked at the original Bouchon in Yountville, CA. American Fish, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
 

Closings

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The Studio Café at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino closed March 16 for renovations, part of the overhaul of the property’s restaurant. When it reopens in the summer, it will be open 24 hours and renamed Avenue Bar & Grill. Studio Café, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Both of Sammy DeMarco’s Rattlecan and First Food & Bar restaurants at The Venetian/The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino closed without notice March 4. Rattlecan, a gourmet burger eatery, had only been open since November. VV Ventures, the restaurants’ ownership team, issued a statement saying, “After years of enjoyment by our customers of First Food & Bar and the initial success of Rattlecan, we have entered a mutual agreement to relocate the restaurants from their current locations. Both restaurants are closed at this time and we look forward to announcing a new Las Vegas home for Rattlecan in the near future." First Food & Bar, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Shoppes at Palazzo, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 

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