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February 2017 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

Chef James Trees will open Esther's Kitchen, an Italian restaurant named after his great-aunt, in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. This project will be a homecoming for the Las Vegas native, who recently served as executive chef of the Superba restaurants in Los Angeles. Look for Esther's Kitchen to debut in Summer 2017. Esther's Kitchen, 1130 S. Casino Center Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104, no phone.
 
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has debuted Oyster Bar, led by executive chef Bradley Manchester, who said, “I’m excited to take on the challenge of this new concept. We’ll be using regionally-sourced ingredients to ensure the freshest, high-quality seafood and fare.” Located in the HRH All-Suite Tower, the 16-seat, 752-square-foot restaurant and bar offers fresh oysters, pan roasts and more along with premium libations and beer. Signature dishes include fried oysters & pickles with homemade buttermilk caper sauce; a classic pan roast with a choice of shrimp, crab, lobster or a combination of all; and curried coconut seafood stew. Oyster Bar, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
 

News Bytes

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill Launches New Happy Hour
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill at The Venetian has launched a daily happy hour from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to close. Drink specials include wine by the glass and draft beers for $6 and cocktails for $7; and food specials are fresh oysters at $1 each (minimum of 6), salmon poke for $8, West Coast snapper ceviche for $8 and pig ear pad thai for $6. The specials are only available in the bar area. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-2263, 877-883-6423.
 
Garden Buffet’s St. Patrick's Day Dishes
Garden Buffet at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa will offer Irish themed dishes on St. Patrick’s Day during its breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, in addition to its regular buffet menu. The breakfast buffet, served from 7 a.m.-10 a.m., will feature unlimited Bloody Marys, broiled tomatoes, Colcannon, Irish bangers, scrambled eggs with chives and sliced Irish soda bread; lunch, served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., will include an emerald green chopped salad bowl, Paddy's Irish lamb stew, pot o'gold chicken, salmon O'Leary and bread pudding with Bushmills whiskey sauce; and the seafood dinner, served from 4 p.m.-10 p.m., will include a complimentary glass of wine, chilled crab legs, Dublin Bay seafood stew, house-smoked salmon, oysters Rockefeller, oysters on the half shell and Thai seafood curry. Garden Buffet, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89183, 702-796-7111.
 

Chef Shuffle

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian has named Kimberly Ann Ryan as its new head chef, which was one of the prizes the chef from Traverse City, Michigan, received upon competing against 17 other chefs and winning season 16 of “Hell's Kitchen.” In the second to last episode Ryan presented her signature dish, which consisted of seared scallops with mango jalapeño salsa and spicy toasted rice crispies. In addition to being awarded the head chef position, the single mom also won $250,000. Before appearing on the show, the Michigan State University graduate worked at a variety of restaurants in the Grand Traverse area including The Cook's House, Black Star Farms and Alliance in Traverse City's Warehouse District and attended Baker College's Culinary Institute of Michigan in Muskegon. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-297-6541.
 

Closings

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MGM Resorts International has announced that Brand Steakhouse at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino will close after service on Thursday, May 11, 2017. The restaurant has been open since May 2008 and its closing is part of the resort’s $450 million renovation as it transitions into the NoMad and Park MGM hotels, with new restaurants including Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Eataly and NoMad, the contemporary American restaurant from chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. A spokesperson with MGM Resorts International said a replacement for the 5,000-square-foot steakhouse will be available in the coming months. Construction on the new hotels is expected to be completed in late 2018. Brand Steakhouse, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-6700.
 
After 26 years, the iconic Hard Rock Cafe, with its towering neon guitar that sats at the front of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, closed after New Year’s Eve 2016. In a statement Hard Rock International said the closing marks a strategic decision by the brand to focus efforts in the market on Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip and Hard Rock LIVE Las Vegas at 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, the three-story restaurant and music venue which opened in 2009. Although they share a name, the cafe and the hotel are not owned by the same organization. The hotel and the land the cafe sits on is owned by Brookfield Asset Management, which has use of the Hard Rock name through a licensing deal with Hard Rock International. Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4475 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 

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