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November 2011 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The LEV Restaurant Group has opened its second i♥burgers location in Las Vegas at the Town Square mall on South Las Vegas Blvd. Burgers include the caprese, fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomato, basil and balsamic vinaigrette; the Plymouth’s pride, a turkey burger with stuffing and cranberry chutney; and the i♥bacon composed of brisket and applewood-smoked bacon topped with bacon, bacon mayonnaise and crispy onions. An array of milkshakes is offered, including the blueberry panshake --- blueberry pancakes, blueberries and maple syrup. The eatery is located on the north side of Town Square next to the valet by Rave Motion Picture Theater. i♥burgers, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-242-2747.
 
Fogo de Chão steakhouse has opened its first Las Vegas location, the 17th in the U.S. Housed in the Hughes Center a half mile from the Strip, the traditional Brazilian churrascaria spans more than 14,000 square feet with nine private and semi-private dining rooms. A cobalt blue-tile tower with a visible open-flame rotisserie is the focal point of the décor, and large colorful murals depict scenes of the gaucho culture and lifestyle. Meats are roasted over pits of open fire, and gaucho chefs present and slice 15 signature cuts of all-you-can-eat meat tableside from skewers. Included is a vast salad bar with items such as smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, hearts of palm, tabbouleh salad, cured meats, artisan breads and imported cheeses. A decadent dessert menu includes the signature papaya cream (fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crème de Cassis liqueur), South American flan, molten chocolate cake and Key lime pie. Fogo de Chão is open daily for dinner, and lunch (salad bar only) is served Monday through Friday. Fogo de Chão Steakhouse, 360 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-431-4500.
 
The Barrymore has opened at the Royal Resort on Convention Center Drive just off of the Vegas Strip, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The name is a throwback to the Barrymores’ Steak & Seafood, which was located at the old MGM Grand (now Bally’s) back in the 1970s. The décor of the 1,400-square-foot restaurant features a floor-to-ceiling wine display and a ceiling composed of film reels. Chef Anthony Meidenbauer, who is also the executive chef at Holsteins, has crafted a menu offering items such as lobster Benedict, mussels meunire with white wine, pork belly, and a range of steaks such as a 32-ounce rib-eye. The wine list includes 50 selections under $50. The Barrymore, Royal Resort, 99 Convention Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-407-5303.
 

News Bytes

Rice & Company Creates Two New Sushi Rolls for the Holidays
Executive chef Danny Chen at Rice & Company Asian bistro at the Luxor Hotel & Casino has created two new sushi rolls to usher in the holidays. The "Christmas Santa’s roll" is made with crawfish, sliced cucumber and carrots and topped with seared ahi fluke, shiso leaf, coconut flake and togarashi, and finished with a Thai mayo sauce. The new year will be celebrated with the "roll in the New Year’ sushi roll"---comprised of cream cheese, smoked salmon, mango and topped with shrimp, avocado and caviar and served with spicy mango salsa. Rice and Company is located on the Luxor’s second level at the entryway to The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Rice & Company, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-262-4000, 800-288-1000.
 
Osteria del Circo Offering Pre-theatre Three-course Menu
Osteria del Circo at the Bellagio is offering a pre-theater, three-course menu. The first course is a choice of golden beet and arugula salad with crispy prosciutto, ricotta salata and aged pomegranate balsamic or fried calamari with artichokes, zucchini, crushed tomato basil and aubergine pepper aïoli. The entrée course features a choice of ravioli made with sheep’s milk ricotta cheese, grilled King salmon with roasted corn and pea shoot salad or roasted organic chicken breast with fingerling potatoes, frisée and arugula salad. Dessert offers a choice of tiramisu or panna cotta. The menu is available nightly from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., and is priced at $49. Osteria del Circo, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8150.
 
Rí Rá Irish Pub Offering Whiskey Sampler
Rí Rá Irish Pub at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is offering a whiskey sampler through the end of the year, featuring four of Ireland and Scotland’s finest imported whiskeys. For $18, guests can try Jameson Whiskey, a Dublin whiskey with a balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla flavors with hints of sweet sherry; Bushmills Whiskey, the world’s oldest whiskey sweetened with a touch of honey and spice; the single malt Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Whiskey, imported from Scotland and aged in oak casks, with intense flavors of dried fruit and peppery smoke; and the Scottish Oban 14-Year-Old Whiskey, which has a taste reminiscent of dried figs and honey. Rí Rá Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
 
Pasta Cucina Restaurants Offering $4 Small Bites Menu
The Pasta Cucina restaurants at Aliante Station and Sunset Station are offering a small bites menu with several selections priced at $4. Items include meatball or chicken Parmesan sliders, mac and cheese with crispy pancetta and Parmesan cheese, five-cheese ravioli, fried artichokes, grilled tomato with fresh mozzarella and crispy petite potatoes served with a blue cheese dipping sauce.
 
Wynn Launches Dinner and Show Package
Wynn Las Vegas has introduced a dinner and show package that includes a three-course dinner at Stratta and a ticket to the in-the-round spectacle Le Rêve. The “dinner and a dream” package tickets start at $185 and is being offered through December 31. Stratta is conveniently located just outside the Wynn Theater. This offer is available Fridays through Tuesdays. For more information, call 866-770-7929 or visit wynnlasvegas.com. Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-2040, 888-320-WYNN.
 
Las Vegas Chef Wins Bravo Channel’s "Top Chef: Just Desserts"
Chef Chris Hanmer, owner of The School of Pastry Design in Las Vegas, has won the title of Top Chef from season 2 of Bravo’s "Top Chef: Just Desserts." Hanmer defeated 14 rivals and was rewarded with a grand prize of $100,000. Another Las Vegas chef, Carlos Enriquez, finished fourth and won the $10,000 Quickfire doughnut challenge. Enriquez is the corporate pastry chef for Block 16 Hospitality’s Holsteins, The Barrymore and LBS Burger.
 
RM Seafood Introduces Bottomless Weekend Brunch
Chef Rick Moonen has introduced a bottomless brunch to the weekend menu at his RM Seafood restaurant. Beginning at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, the brunch features unlimited servings of dishes such as chorizo and egg wraps, “RM” eggs Benedict, French toast and clam chowder. The cost of the all-you-can-eat brunch is $30, and $4 drink specials are offered for bellinis, mimosas and Bloody Marys; draft pours of Stella Artois and Asahi; and glasses of “RM Red” and “RM White” wine. RM Seafood, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-9300.
 
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway Increases Wine by the Glass List
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway has increased its wine list to include 50 wines by the glass, as well as 11 different wine flights are presented in pairings of four wines at two ounces each. The flights include selections from the United Stated, France, Italy and Spain, plus varietal-specific flights with Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Prices range from $15 to $70 per flight. La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7375.
 

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The Original Pancake House restaurants at Green Valley Ranch and Aliante Station have closed, as Station Casinos chose not to renew the leases. A 24-hour Grand Café will open at Green Valley Ranch by the middle of December. No new restaurant is planned for Aliante Station. This development continues the decision of Station Casinos to convert its restaurants from third party franchises to those owned and operated by Stations. Two other Original Pancake House restaurants remain open in Las Vegas, one at 4833 W. Charleston and at 4170 S. Apache Rd.
 
Restaurant Veloce Cibo at the M Resort Spa Casino has closed to make way for an expanded banquet and meeting space. The 16th-floor fine dining restaurant offered stunning views of the Vegas Strip and surrounding mountains, and has closed to allow for renovations to begin. The view will now be host to meetings, catered events and special gatherings. The project is anticipated to take approximately 12 weeks to complete. Restaurant Veloce Cibo, M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Henderson, NV 89044, no phone.
 
The 400-seat Dos Caminos Mexican restaurant at The Venetian has closed. The eatery opened in late 2008, during the beginning of the recession, and threw in the towel after losing a lawsuit over its rental agreement. Dos Caminos, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Ruth's Chris Steak House has closed after a 22-year run at its location on Paradise Road. The classic steak house is credited with influencing the rise of fine-dining steak eateries in Vegas over the past two decades. Although business had been improving, owner Marcel Taylor reportedly closed the restaurant after falling behind on payments for use of the franchise’s name, and after losing a long legal battle against the company. Ruth's Chris Steak House, The Park Financial Center, 3900 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 

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