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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

Water Grill has opened its first Nevada branch Water Grill, known for its seafood restaurants in Southern California for more than 30 years with locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Diego and Orange County, has opened its first Nevada branch, at Forum Shops at Caesars at Caesars Palace. It’s situated in the space formerly occupied by Spago. The interior is reminiscent of an old sea-worn wooden ship with wide plank wood floors, a polished copper bar top and wooden support beams; and live products including lobster and crab are prominently displayed in large saltwater tanks at the front of the exhibition kitchen. The opening menu includes Maryland soft shell crabs, Columbia River king salmon, Santa Barbara spot prawns, 16 varieties of East and West Coast oysters, a modern sushi selection, and a large array of whole fish such as wild Maryland black sea bass and wild Brittany Dover sole. Water Grill, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-832-4777.
 
Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan, billed as the largest Korean barbecue and teppan restaurant on the Strip, has debuted at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Located on the Harmon Avenue side of the mall in the former space of Todai, the 13,000-square-foot restaurant offers seating for 485. Thirty Korean barbecue tables are where barbecue selections are grilled and 12 teppan custom cooking tables accommodate teppanyaki shows hosted by staff juggling cutlery and preparing dishes. The menu features classic table-grilled meat options like pearl steak and boneless short rib galbi; and a full sushi lineup including the creamy crunch roll with cream cheese, avocado, shrimp tempura, crab, eel sauce and sweet mayo. Beverages range from soju and sake such as Chamisul Soju and Junmai Daiginjo Sake to specialty cocktails like the Knight’s Voyage made with Tanqueray Rangpur gin, Aperol, house-made orange bitters and fresh lemon juice. Open daily from 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Trustworthy Brewing Co. & BBQ is now open at The Palazzo, situated on the 2nd level in the Grand Canal Shoppes. It is the first brewery on the Vegas Strip since Monte Carlo (now Park MGM) closed its brewpub in 2007. The new brewery is the second location of the original spot in Burbank, Calif., which debuted in January 2017. Décor features an elevated 60-seat bar with an old-school lighted movie sign marquee displaying the beers on tap, and a wall-to-wall graffiti mural paying homage to the iconic Bill Murray. There’s banquette seating and oversized booths, a beer garden at the front and a game room with skeeball. The kitchen is helmed by executive chef Lloyd Bansil, who previously worked at Momofuku, Hakkasan, Serendipity and most recently, Mabel’s BBQ. The menu includes smoked meats such as brisket, chicken, pulled pork, ribs and sausage; and a variety of salads, sandwiches, steaks and sides. Trustworthy Brewing Co. & BBQ, The Palazzo, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2337.
 
Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar will open in August at MGM Grand, offering classic Italian dishes and a speakeasy cocktail bar. The dining space will be adorned with vintage fixtures, jewel tones and earthy hues; a honey-golden onyx countertop will be the centerpiece of the bar/lounge; and a hidden speakeasy inspired by luxury Italian sports cars will feature intricate detailing on sleek leather upholstery. The chef-driven menu will include crudos and antipasti; house-made pastas; main courses of steak, chicken and fish; reimagined classics such as Wagyu meatballs made with Japanese F1 Wagyu; a 45-day aged bone-in rib-eye “Fiorentina”; and a chocolate cherry flambé, flamed tableside. Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar, MGM Grand, The District, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
FLIGHTS has opened within the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood FLIGHTS has opened within the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. This Vegas location of the aviation-themed eatery is the group’s fifth, and first outside of California. In keeping with the restaurant’s theme, the décor includes an actual airplane in the dining room, servers are attired as flight attendants and food and beverage options are served as a trio, or a “flight,” allowing patrons to get a taste of the variety of offerings. The food menu includes flights such as ahi tuna, build-your-own sliders, french fries and desserts including a beignet flight and a cheesecake flight; and preparations served in three different styles. FLIGHTS, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-268-7264.
 
After leaving her Eataly executive chef position earlier this year, renowned local chef Nicole Brisson, who also previously served as culinary director of the Batali Vegas restaurants before their closing in 2018, has teamed up with restaurateur Andy Hooper to open her first restaurant: Locale. Located in Mountain’s Edge on Blue Diamond Road in southwest Las Vegas, the intimate 75-seat setting has décor elements that include a mirrored wall, copper accents and large slate-colored barn doors separating the bar from the dining room. Ingredients produced by local farms are sourced along with select items from Italy for the meat-centric menu of Italian cuisine. Locale, 7995 Blue Diamond Rd., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89178, 702-330-0404.
 
Hardway 8 is now open in downtown Henderson. It’s named for the nickname of legendary Jerry Tarkanian’s 1977 UNLV men’s basketball team that was the first UNLV team to ever play in the Final Four. The homage to the team continues in the décor, with a bar and long tables made from reclaimed bleachers fans sat on when the team played, walls filled with photographs of athletes and sports memorabilia, and a front with a garage door that rolls up during nicer weather. The menu, designed by consulting chef Johnny Church, formerly of Aureole and Golden Entertainment, includes prosciutto and Swiss stuffed turkey meatballs, 8 Way Deep Fried Mozzarella, a corned Buffalo Reuben sandwich, grilled vegetable panini, beer can chicken, rabbit sausage bangers and mash with barley wine-braised onions, and 24-hour braised porchetta with Brussels sprouts tossed in horseradish crème fraîche. The cuisine is backed up with an extensive craft beer selection including several local brews. Hardway 8, 46 S. Water St., Henderson, NV 89015, 702-410-5124.
 
Chef/owner James Trees has opened Ada’s, a sister restaurant to Esther’s Kitchen, his Italian spot in the Las Vegas Arts District, which was one of GAYOT’s 2018 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. Located in Tivoli Village near Summerlin, Ada's features original artwork of trees and birds, wicker basket light shades, an open kitchen, wood tables and chairs and large windows. The all-day menu highlights some of the same pasta dishes found at Esther’s Kitchen, such as gemmelli pistachio pesto pasta and radiatorre with black garlic cream; a wide range of designer pizzas with non-traditional ingredients like foie gras, truffle cheese, salted cod and clams; and house-made ice cream with flavors including peach & ricotta, balsamic strawberry & buttermilk, Saturday morning cereal and Vesta white coffee & chocolate. Ada’s is situated near the valet parking and is open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Ada's, Tivoli Village, 410 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-463-7433.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Trevi Offering Extended Happy Hour on Labor Day
Trevi Italian restaurant in Forum Shops at Caesars at Caesars Palace will celebrate Labor Day with an extended happy hour from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with special pricing on “Trevi Bites,” signature cocktails, beer and wine. Priced at $6, the “Trevi Bites” include tomato bruschetta topped with tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms and shaved Parmesan; grilled meatball sliders finished with agrodolce-pepper mayo, tomato and onion; and stuffed portobello mushrooms filled with ground sausage, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella and herbed breadcrumbs. Discounts on drinks include the Rye Lemonade with Jim Beam Rye, Sprite, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and mint for $7; a classic frozen Bellini with peach nectar, peach schnapps, Rondiaz Rum and sparkling wine for $4; the Pomegranate Cosmo with Svedka Clementine Vodka, pomegranate juice, Hiram Walker Triple Sec and squeezed lime for $7; wines by the glass for $7; and bottles of beer for $5. Trevi, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-735-4663.
 
Caesars Palace Restaurants Offering Deals Through August 31
Caesars Palace restaurants are offering special deals through August 31. Rao’s has a $74 three-course menu with a glass of red wine; fried mozzarella sandwich, fried green tomato caprese or roasted beet salad; penne vodka, chicken scarpariello, eggplant Parmesan or veal Marsala; and NY-style cheesecake or cannoli. At Mesa Grill there’s a two-course lunch menu with corn soup or Southwestern Caesar salad and green chile cheeseburger or sixteen-spiced chicken for $30; and a three-course dinner for $55 with an appetizer along with a choice of ancho chile honey-glazed salmon, New Mexico-rubbed pork tenderloin, sixteen-spiced chicken or NY strip, and dulce chocolate pudding. Old Homestead Steakhouse has a three-course menu for $55 with a choice of French onion soup or Caesar salad, 8-oz. Black Angus filet with shrimp scampi and potato cake and crème brûlée. A three-course menu for $80 awaits at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill with pan-seared diver scallops, beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding; wine pairing is an additional $42. Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
 
Zuma Offering $50 Menu Through August 31
Zuma at The Cosmopolitan is offering a three-course menu featuring some of the Japanese restaurant’s most popular dishes, available through August 31 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and priced at $50. Included are miso soup with tofu, wakame and scallion for the table to share and two selections from the special menu. Options include sliced yellowtail sashimi with green chili relish, ponzu and pickled garlic; crispy fried calamari with Serrano pepper and lime; tomato with eggplant salad; Wagyu skirt steak skewers; spicy fried tofu with avocado and Japanese herbs; seared salmon with black sesame and mustard miso; prawn and black cod dumplings; and chicken with spring onion. A chef daily maki set for the entire table of fresh sushi or sashimi can be added for an additional $15. Zuma, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-2199.
 
Hawthorn Grill Offering Specials
Hawthorn Grill at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is offering several specials. A buy one, get one free lunch special is available during August on Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; the Sunday Beef Wellington Dinner (beef Wellington served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables) is $52 per person every Sunday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; and a happy hour is offered Monday-Friday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in the bar and on the patio with half-off select drinks and bar menu items, and live entertainment from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. on Fridays. In addition, while the Rampart Buffet is being renovated, Hawthorn Grill will offer a lunch buffet for $9.99 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17. Hawthorn Grill, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-869-7777, 877-869-8777.
 
The NoMad Bar Offering Lobster Fest Through August 31
With a nod to a New England tradition, The NoMad Bar at Park MGM is offering its Lobster Fest, available from July 24-August 31, excluding Sundays. Priced at $75 per person, the seafood feast includes snacks of tempura, ceviche and miso-glazed tail; lobster chowder with corn, potatoes and cheddar biscuits; a main course of grilled lobster with lobster salad, runner beans, tomato and artichoke; and dessert of blueberry cobbler. The NoMad Bar, Nomad Las Vegas, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 888-529-4828.
 
Smoked Burgers & BBQ Offering All-You-Can-Eat BBQ
Smoked Burgers & BBQ at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is now offering an all-you-can-eat option, which is the only AYCE barbecue experience on the Vegas Strip. It’s priced at $49. Included are seven types of barbecued meats: burnt ends, smoked chicken wings, Louisiana hot link sausage, barbecue pork, smoked chicken, St. Louis ribs and beef sliders; and eight side dishes: mesquite fries, sweet potato fries, mac ‘n cheese, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread and Hawaiian rolls. The special is available daily starting at 11:30 a.m. Smoked Burgers & BBQ, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-836-2096.
 
Pasta Shop Ristorante Offering Summer Menu Deal
Pasta Shop Ristorante & Art Gallery is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a summer prix-fixe menu deal. The meal begins with an appetizer choice of bruschetta or cold poached artichoke. Entrée selections are watermelon salad with mixed wild greens, red onion, feta and honey sesame almonds with chicken or shrimp; salmon over cracked pepper pappardelle in a lemon butter caper sauce; or scallops atop beet pappardelle in a light cream sauce. The finale is a dessert of lemon sorbet or sea salt caramel gelato. The summer special is available through August 31 and is priced at $30. Pasta Shop Ristorante & Art Gallery, 2525 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052, 702-451-1893.
 
Promenade Café Offering 20th Anniversary Specials
Promenade Café at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is celebrating the casino resort’s 20th anniversary with several specials. Offered through August 31, specials include a rib-eye steak and breaded shrimp dinner for $7.99 or rib-eye steak and 4-oz. lobster for $9.99, served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5.99 or pasta for $9.99, served daily; $7.99 express meals served in 30 minutes or less with choices of braised short ribs, triple decker grilled cheese or spaghetti and meatballs, served daily; graveyard specials offered midnight-6 a.m. for $6.99 with five specials to choose from; an early riser special served from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. for $4.49 with three breakfast specials available; and a three-course special (appetizer, entrée and dessert) available from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. for $9.99 with three entrée choices. Promenade Café, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-869-7777, 877-869-8777.
 
Silverado Steak House Offering Three-Course Menu
Silverado Steak House at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is offering a three-course menu priced at $29 per person from July 7-August 29. The meal includes a choice of lobster bisque infused with Cognac, Silverado salad tossed tableside or wedge salad with bacon and bleu cheese crumbles; chicken Francaise topped with lemon butter sauce, filet mignon with a choice of adding bleu cheese ($4), crab cake ($8) or two sautéed shrimp ($9) or filet of salmon; and a selection of ice cream or sorbet. All entrées are served with seasonal vegetables or a choice of baked or mashed potatoes and guests can upgrade the side with a choice of asparagus with hollandaise sauce or sautéed mushrooms and onions for $3. In addition, guests may order a bottle of the Wine of the Month for an additional $20. Silverado Steak House, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89183, 702-797-8075.
 
Roy Choi Introduces All-You-Can-Eat Mondays at Best Friend
Roy Choi’s Best Friend at Park MGM has launched an all-you-can-eat option of its Korean BBQ menu. Offered Monday evenings and priced at $65 per person, the dinner begins with an array of banchan including house-made kimchi, pickled daikon, cold spinach, a sharable salad and white rice. Following are choices of six flavorful meats, including spicy pork, BBQ rib-eye steeped in bulgogi marinade and vegetarian-friendly BBQ with baby bok, carrots and long beans. Guests have the option to mix and match and can choose two plates of BBQ at a time for as long as their hearts and appetites desire. The feast concludes with a chef’s selection of a special Best Friend dessert for the table. Best Friend also is featuring half-off any saké and Champagne magnums on Mondays. Best Friend, Park MGM, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7777, 888-529-4828.
 
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Introduces New Vegan Menu Items
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar has introduced an expanded vegan menu created by chef Francesco DiCaudo featuring seasonal ingredients. Appetizer and salad items include spicy roasted rainbow carrot salad with sorrel pesto, golden raisins and toasted almond; pan-roasted artichokes with garlic sauce, parsley emulsion and Calabrese pepper pesto; and soup of the day in choices of minestrone, lentil or split pea. Pasta options are almond ricotta ravioli with seasonal mushrooms and vegetable demi-glace; tomato risotto with EVOO, vegan mozzarella, basil and pesto drizzle; sweet potato gnocchi with summer garden vegetables; and cavatelli spinach pasta with vegan Bolognese sauce. Main courses include eggplant Parmigiana with pomodoro sauce, vegan mozzarella and basil; Gardein chicken scaloppini with lemon-caper sauce and sautéed broccoli rabe; and mixed seasonal grilled vegetables with micro greens, balsamic reduction and olive oil. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300.
 
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Prime Pair Deal
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is offering a two-course Prime Pair menu for $59. Available daily through the end of September, the deal includes a salad, entrée, side dish and Del Frisco’s signature lump crab cake with Cajun-lobster cream. Salad options are Del’s salad, classic Caesar or blue cheese wedge; entrée choices are an 8-oz. hand-cut filet, Manhattan-cut NY Strip with wild mushroom bordelaise sauce or simply prepared fresh fish finished with Himalayan sea salt; and sides are chateau mashed potatoes, baked potato, sautéed wild mushrooms and pearl onions or creamed spinach. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 3925 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-796-0063.
 

UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS

Stephen LaSala has been appointed executive room chef of Hawthorn Grill at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, replacing Megan Shavers, who is now overseeing Spiedini, also at the Resort. Chef LaSala, a California native, is a graduate of Lederwolff Culinary Academy in Sacramento, Calif., and has worked in Las Vegas for the past 12 years. Before coming to the JW Marriott he was executive chef at Searsucker at Caesars Palace, and also worked at Mesa Grill and Bacchanal Buffet (both also at Caesars), Brand Steakhouse at Monte Carlo and Nove Italiano at Palms Casino Resort. In his new position, LaSala will oversee the JW Marriott pool and room service kitchens, too. Hawthorn Grill, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-869-7777, 877-869-8777.
 
Wynn Las Vegas will open a new restaurant in partnership with chef Thomas Keller Wynn Las Vegas will open a new restaurant in partnership with chef Thomas Keller, GAYOT’s 2013 Best Restaurateur. Slated to open in Fall 2020, the venture will take over the former space of The Country Club. Keller also operates Bouchon at The Venetian. His other concepts around the country include The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se in New York, which are both featured on GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000.
 

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina in Hughes Center on West Flamingo Road closed its doors on June 9. In a post on its Facebook page, co-owner/operator Kent Harmon said, “After two years of serving guests in Las Vegas, we’ve made the difficult decision to close Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina. We want to thank everyone who has supported us during this time. Unfortunately, we opened what we consider a great neighborhood restaurant without the neighborhood, but will continue looking for a great location to hopefully serve you again in the future.” The Latin restaurant with a heavy emphasis on Mexican food had been open for two years, and its unique custom-built structure was a mix of rustic and modern décor with original artwork murals, vibrant colors and ample natural lighting with 30-foot-tall glass windows. Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina, Hughes Center, 325 Hughes Center Dr., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89169, no phone.
 
Television personality/chef Scott Conant’s Masso Osteria at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa will close after dinner service on May 31. The Italian restaurant opened in February, 2018, and marked Conant’s return to Las Vegas after his D.O.C.G. enoteca closed and he stepped away from his Scarpetta (both at The Cosmopolitan) in 2017. In a press release Conant said, “The Las Vegas community has been very dear to my heart for many years and this is a wonderful town for people who love food, as I do. I look forward to new concepts and opportunities after we have said goodbye on May 31, 2019.” Station Casinos also issued a statement, saying it had made the decision to transition the space back to a Red Rock-managed concept and promised the staff will be offered jobs at Station Casinos’ new restaurant that takes over the space, but did not announce what the new concept would be. Masso Osteria, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-797-7097.
 

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