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September 2011 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will open Oscar’s Steakhouse, inside the iconic elevated dome of the newly reopened Plaza Hotel and Casino. The restaurant will overlook Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, and its decor will incorporate memorabilia from Goodman’s 12-year reign as mayor, as well as classic photographs of Las Vegas over the years. Opening in late November, the restaurant will serve dinner nightly and a Sunday brunch. Oscar’s Steakhouse, Plaza Hotel and Casino, 1 Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-386-2110.
 
Island Sushi and Hawaiian Grill has opened at the newly remodeled Plaza Hotel and Casino. The restaurant will feature Hawaiian favorites such as island-style pupus and plate lunches, a fresh poke bar, sushi, a grill component and malasadas---Portuguese doughnuts that are popular in Hawaii. Owner Terrance Fong is a native of Hawaii and also a veteran Las Vegas chef and restaurateur whose experience includes fifteen years at Caesars Palace and three years with the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Island Sushi and Hawaiian Grill, Plaza Hotel and Casino, 1 Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-386-2110.
 

News Bytes

Pink Taco All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Taco Special
In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is showing its passion for pink, supporting the cause with a special at Pink Taco. The tacos and beer deal for $20 includes one Dos Equis beer and all-you-can-eat Paunchos, the restaurant’s signature chicken tacos, featuring a corn tortilla stuffed with beans and topped with grilled chicken, salsa roja, pickled onions and avocado slices. For each special purchased, $5 will be donated to the Nevada Cancer Institute. In addition, the exterior of the property will be illuminated in pink lighting through the end of the month. Pink Taco, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5525.
 
The Sporting House Bar & Grill 2011 Football Season Promotions
The Sporting House Bar & Grill at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino is offering specials and promotions during the collegiate and NFL football seasons. On Thursday nights, guests receive a bucket of Corona or Corona Light for $30, or a two-pound bucket of Buffalo wings for $19.95. On Monday nights, a $25 admission fee allows entry into the Miller Lite Party Pavilion located on the second floor, where guests receive an all-you-can-eat buffet pass (expires at the end of the third quarter) and the opportunity to participate in games including football toss and beer pong. On Sunday nights, guests receive a card that allows their table to complete against other tables for a complimentary bucket of beer or round of cocktails. The Sporting House Bar & Grill, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6969, 800-693-6763.
 
MGM Resorts Offering Free Buffets with Two-Night Stay
MGM Resorts International is offering a “buffet every day” promotion for guests staying for a minimum of two nights through February 2, 2012. Guests will receive two complimentary buffets daily at participating MGM Resorts properties, and must be 21 years of age or older. The participating resorts are ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Circus Circus.
 
Wagyu Beef Now Offered in Las Vegas at BOA Steakhouse
For the first time, U.S. pure-bred Wagyu beef will be served outside the state of Colorado. Innovative Dining Group (IDG) owned BOA Steakhouses will collaborate with Emma Farms in Aspen, CO to sell select Wagyu beef for its intense marbling and flavorful fat dispersion. The beef is high in Omega 3s and 6s and free of hormones or antibiotics. Chefs at the BOA Steakhouse restaurants (Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Las Vegas) will use only sea salt and fresh pepper to season the beef and give guests the option on portion size. Other meat options at BOA Steakhouse include a 40-day dry-aged New York strip and a high desert Ostrich strip steak, all served with house made sauces and choice of rubs. The menu also provides seafood, chicken and lamb options and plenty of sides to choose from. BOA Steakhouse, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-7373.
 
Wolfgang Puck Pulling out of Springs Preserve on October 3
The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas will take over the café operation at the Springs Preserve October 3, replacing Springs Preserve Café by Wolfgang Puck. Sample menus provided by the academy indicate the café will offer gourmet fare, but at somewhat lower prices. Springs Preserve Café by Wolfgang Puck, Springs Preserve, 333 Valley View Blvd., Bldg. 317, Las Vegas, NV 89107, 702-822-8717.
 
Private dining room at Marssa Marssa Offering Happy Hour Specials
Marssa at Loews Lake Las Vegas is offering happy hour food and drink specials Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Specials include California rolls ($8), crunchy salmon rolls ($8), Cajun albacore tataki ($10), oysters on the half shell ($5), spicy rock shrimp ($7), beef kushiage ($8), chicken lumpia ($8), vegetable kakiage ($6), hot or cold sake carafes ($6) and Marssa martinis ($6). Marssa, Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort, 101 Montelago Blvd., Henderson, NV 89011, 702-567-6000.
 

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Chef Shuffle

The Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge has named Daniel Pfeiffer as executive chef. Pfeiffer will oversee the properties’ five restaurants. He has previously worked in Germany, France, Sweden, Las Vegas and most recently as executive chef for USC hospitality, planning special events, catering and banquets. Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777, 866-946-4373.
 
Brandon Konishi and Yoji Shimonishi have been appointed executive chefs of the newly opened Island Sushi and Hawaiian Grill at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. Both formerly worked for Roy's Restaurant. Island Sushi and Hawaiian Grill, Plaza Hotel and Casino, 1 Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-386-2110.
 
Chef Alex Stratta has left Wynn Las Vegas. The restaurant Stratta will now be overseen by its assistant executive chef Joseph Leibowitz and resort executive chef David Snyder. Stratta, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-2040, 888-320-WYNN.
 

Closings

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Earlier rumors had Bradley Ogden at Caesars Palace closing in October, but the word out now is that it’ll stay open until January 2. While no deal has been officially announced, it is rumored Bradley Ogden will be replaced by a gastropub headed by chef Gordon Ramsay. Rumor also has it that Ramsay plans to open a minimum of three restaurants in Las Vegas. Bradley Ogden, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7410.
 

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