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April 2021 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Casa Calavera at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is now open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The Mexican culinary and cantina concept located poolside uses authentic flavors and techniques to create its own version of contemporary Mexican cuisine pulling authentic flavors from the northern and western coastal regions of Mexico. Its Taco Tuesdays menu, available weekly all day and night, offers $3 and $5 discounted tacos including roasted chicken with achiote chicken, carne asada with adobo marinated steak, shredded beef with slow-cooked beef barbacoa, pork carnitas with braised fried pork shoulder, grilled shrimp with adobo marinated shrimp, Baja fish with grilled aji amarillo-mahi mahi and portobello with pico de gallo, greens, avocado and salsa verde. In addition, there is a daily happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. offering $7 menu items, $20 buckets of beer and 50% off tequila and mezcal cocktails. Casa Calavera, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-522-8000.
 
Chef Florent Cheveau, the 2018 USA World Chocolate Master, after working at Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio and Aria and as executive pastry chef at MGM Grand, has moved from the Vegas Strip to open Burgundy Bakery & Cafe. Located in Village Square, the name represents Cheveau’s birthplace and the shop is filled with actual street signs from his hometown of Chablis, French newspapers dating from the 1890s epoxied into the tables, vintage French advertising posters and an outdoor patio provides an opportunity for al fresco dining. Everything on the menu is made fresh in-house from scratch with many hard-to-find items. The menu is comprised of both sweet and savory with Danish, frittata, bagels and croissants; hot sandwiches such as chicken pesto, Cuban and croque monsieur; ham & cheese, chicken and veggie crepes; bread, croissants and beignets; desserts including tarts, cakes, macarons, Napoleons, flan and assorted eclairs; and espresso, cappuccino, latte, mocha and hot chocolate. Hours are Thursday-Tuesday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Burgundy Bakery & Cafe, Village Square, 9440 W. Sahara Ave. #105, Las Vegas, NV 89117, 725-204-6557.
 
Most Vegas casino resorts have a steakhouse, but with the opening of Saltgrass Steak House, the Golden Nugget now has two. This first Las Vegas outpost of the Texas steakhouse chain, which now boasts more than 80 locations, is decorated with nearly every inch of the walls filled with vintage photos of ranch activities, cattle skulls, lariats, rifles and chandeliers shaped like cattle horns. Highlights of the menu are the Certified Angus cuts of ribeye, porterhouse, center cut top sirloin and filet, and non-steak options including baby back ribs, chicken, Atlantic salmon, shrimp, burgers and appetizers like cheese fries with Jack & cheddar, bacon, sour cream and scallions. Desserts include made-from-scratch carrot cake and cheesecake. Breakfast features traditional fare such as country fried steak and eggs, pancakes and steak and eggs. Saltgrass Steak House is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Saltgrass Steak House, 129 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-7111, 800-846-5336.
 
The first Las Vegas location of the Chicago-based Emporium Arcade Bar has landed at Area 15. Open to guests 21 years or older, the two-level space is filled with classic arcade favorites like Frogger, Pacman and Star Wars; pinball games; pool tables; basketball hoops; skeeball; NBA Jam; and foosball. Murals by local artists decorate the walls and a schedule of live shows and DJs are slated. The beverage program features a rotating beer selection from Nevada breweries including 7Five, Able Baker, Astronomy Aleworks, HUDL, IMBIB, Lovelady, Mojave, Pigeon Head, Revision and Tenaya Creek; house-made cocktails on draft such as the Sonic Boom, an Old Fashioned crafted with Templeton Rye Whiskey, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and orange bitters; and an extensive selection of whiskeys, tequilas and mezcals. Hours are Mon.-Thu. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Fri. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat. noon to 2 a.m. and Sun. noon to 12 a.m. Emporium Arcade Bar, 3215 S. Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-846-1900.
 

News Bytes

Clark County Loosens COVID Restrictions as of May 1
On April 13, 2021, Governor Steve Sisolak announced Nevada would be allowed to open at 100% capacity as of June 1st and had previously announced that after May 1st the state would hand over control of COVID-19 restrictions to the counties. On April 20th the Clark County Commission set forth its plan to increase current restaurant and bar capacity from 50% to 80% beginning May 1st. Also, the six feet social distancing requirement is reduced from six to three feet; the maximum number of people who can be seated together is bumped up from six to 12 per table inside a restaurant and from two to four at bars; tableside service is allowed if patrons do not consume food at the time of preparation and all wear face coverings; and self-service buffets can return as long as each station is supervised by an employee, hand sanitizer is offered to patrons and service utensils are changed out every hour.
 
Makers & Founders Introduces New Spring Menu
Makers & Founders, known for its wide selection of Latin cuisine, craft coffee and innovative cocktails, has introduced a new menu at both its Arts District and Downtown Summerlin locations. New menu items include breakfast empanada skillet ($13) featuring two breakfast empanadas filled with chorizo, eggs, potatoes and cheddar cheese served with rice, beans, avocado, house sauce and queso fresco; la bandeja paisa ($20)—6 oz. grilled filet mignon, crispy pork belly, fried maduros, sunny side egg, Spanish rice, black beans, sliced avocado and queso fresco; ranchero burger ($18)—7 oz. house patty, rajas, caramelized onions, black beans, sunny side egg, crispy pork belly, cilantro lime crema and queso fresco on a toasted brioche bun; Spanish cioppino ($28)—octopus, shrimp, scallops, calamari and crispy sourdough crustini; and vegan espresso flan ($9)—coconut milk flan with espresso caramel, assorted fruits and coconut whipped cream. Makers & Founders, Downtown Summerlin, 2120 Festival Plaza Dr. #140, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-586-8255.
 
STK Now Serving Weekend Brunch
STK at The Cosmopolitan has added a weekend brunch, served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The menu includes truffle 8 oz. wagyu flat iron steak with fried egg, shaved truffle crispy potatoes and truffle buttered brioche ($48); lobster and eggs Benedict with lobster, baby spinach, poached eggs and caviar hollandaise ($39); hot chicken and waffle with a fried hot chicken thigh over buttermilk waffles with pickles, coleslaw and maple BBQ sauce ($28); egg white omelet with roasted pepper relish, caramelized onions, avocado, sauteed spinach, mushrooms, Emmental cheese and baby green leaves ($27); cinnamon French toast made with brioche topped with berries, cream cheese icing and maple syrup ($25); and eggs and avocado on sourdough toast with smashed avocado, cilantro, poached eggs, jalapeno, extra virgin olive oil and toasted pumpkin seeds ($28). Bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys are available for $35 per person. STK, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
 
Buddy V’s Offering 3-course Locals Menu
Buddy V’s at The Palazzo is offering a three-course menu for locals every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to close. Priced at $30.95, included are unlimited cheesy garlic bread, a complimentary box of homemade Italian cookies and the option to purchase a bottle of Chianti or Prosecco for $12. The courses (for dine-in only) are Caesar salad or Grandma’s meatballs; bucatini carbonara, Nonna’s lasagna al forno or chicken Parm; and cannoli or tiramisu. There’s also a similar family meal to go with curbside pickup priced at $75 to feed two to four for or $125 for four to six available Monday through Thursday from 5-8 p.m. To view the to-go menu visit here and to order call 702-607-2355. Buddy V’s, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2355; 877-883-6423.
 
El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina Adds Weekend Brunch Menu
El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina has extended its hours on the weekends, and is now serving brunch specials on Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m. The specials include chilaquiles with verde sauce, crema, cotija cheese and sunny-side up eggs ($12); breakfast sandwich with al pastor bacon, fried egg, cheddar cheese, tomato, guacamole and chipotle aioli on a focaccia roll ($14); breakfast tacos with choice of meat (chicken, beef, pork or al pastor), eggs, pico de gallo and Luchador cheese blend ($14); and huevos del diablo with two eggs, chorizo, cheese and spicy tomato sauce served with flour tortillas ($12). Bottomless mimosas are $20 per person. The dinner menu is also available during brunch. El Luchador Mexican Kitchen + Cantina, 7825 Blue Diamond Rd. #101, Las Vegas, NV 89178, 702-260-8709.
 
Carson Kitchen Launches New Spring Menu
Carson Kitchen has launched a new seasonal spring menu from chef/owner Cory Harwell and executive chef Scott Simon. The new menu includes jerk turkey burger with mango chutney slaw ($16); gyro tacos with lamb, tzatziki, feta and tomato ($14); mu shu mushroom flatbread with hoison, sesame and soft egg ($14); beet tartare toast with pistachio, mandarin and goat cheese ($12); short rib steak with sambal butter and kimchi chimichurri ($24); Hawaiian mac with spam, furikake and pineapple vin ($13); and Banoffee “pie” with Bailey’s whipped cream and chocolate digestive ($11). In addition, new cocktails have been added, such as Side Piece, a tropical mix of rum, pineapple shrub and mint coconut; and Peas and Thank You, featuring mezcal, sugar-snap pea syrup, chartreuse, fresh lime and tricolor peppercorn. Carson Kitchen is open daily for lunch and dinner and a brunch menu is served on Sundays. Curbside pickup is also available. Carson Kitchen, John E. Carson Building, 124 6th St., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-473-9523.
 

Chef Shuffle

Chef Nicole Brisson will be opening two restaurants at Resorts World Las Vegas when it opens this summer. Brezza, derived from the Italian word for breeze, will serve upscale modern coastal Italian fare, offering handmade pastas, premier seafood and premium beef cuts. Bar Zazu will showcase regional diversity through hot and cold tapas, cheese and charcuterie, sweet and savory pastries, wines from around the world and beer and cocktails from different regions of Europe. Brisson, who spent several years in kitchens on the Vegas Strip, was culinary director of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group’s Las Vegas operations and was the first female executive chef of an Eataly in the U.S., before moving off-Strip to open Locale in 2019. Brisson said, “Returning to the Las Vegas Strip feels like I am returning to my home. I really feel this is an environment that fuels my creativity and where I thrive."
 

Closings

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