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January 2012 Archive

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Bottles & Burgers by Double Helix has opened in Tivoli Village Bottles & Burgers by Double Helix has opened in Tivoli Village featuring gourmet burgers, a variety of Double Helix’s private label wine and 30 selections of half bottles of wine. The dining room’s focal point is an ice cream bar and soda fountain fashioned after the soda and candy shops from the 1950s, with white marble counter tops and red leather swivel stools. Executive chef Doug Vega runs the kitchen, crafting burger selections such as beef, tuna, chicken, pork and veggie options. Appetizers include fried rice balls, flatbreads, salads and French fries. Bottles & Burgers is open daily for lunch and dinner, and offers happy hour specials in the bar daily from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Bottles & Burgers by Double Helix, Tivoli Village, 450 South Rampart Boulevard, #120, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-735-9463.
Public House, located on Restaurant Row at The Venetian, has opened. The 8,000 square foot contemporary tavern boasts of a list of more than 200 beer selections, including 24 beers on tap and a seasonal cask beer, all overseen by Nevada’s first certified beer Cicerone. Design elements reveal different environments through various nooks in the dining room, two private rooms and a lounge accentuated by a 40-foot-long bar anchored by a DJ booth. Corporate executive chef Anthony Meidenbauer has designed a menu that includes selections prepared with beer, such as the short rib braised with Black Butte Porter and Welsh rarebit prepared with Tenaya Creek IPA. The menu also features selections from the “Butcher Block” and “Cheese Shop.” Public House is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. Public House, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
On New Year’s Eve, SBE and MGM Resorts unveiled Hyde Bellagio, a new nightclub housed in the space of the former Fontana Room. Comfortable touches include plush leather sofas, an outdoor bar, a circular VIP booth and an expansive terrace that provides one of the best vantage points to view the Fountains of Bellagio water and light show. A menu of gourmet tapas from Osteria del Circo next door are served from 5 p.m.-11 p.m., and include a crispy pork belly sandwich, kobe sliders, Kumamoto oysters, ahi tuna tartar “cones” and smoked Scottish salmon flatbread. Guests have access to 1,500 bottles from the Bellagio’s wine program. For more information, visit Hyde Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111, 888-987-6667.

News Bytes

Ri Ra Offering Locals Discounts
Ri Ra Irish Pub at the Mandalay Bay Shoppes is offering a 40-percent discount off lunch and dinner food-menu items on Fridays to locals with a valid Nevada ID. Residents can also sign up for a Ri Ra green card that entitles them to 20-percent off of food purchases seven days a week. Ri Ra 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.
Valentino Serving Sunday Brunch
Valentino at The Venetian is now serving a Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Served in the restaurant’s Grill at Valentino, dishes include veal scaloppini with eggs and potato Napoleon, a smoked salmon omelet and a wild boar sausage scramble. A four-course selection is available for $39, along with bottomless bubbles for $15, and bottomless Bloody Marys for $25. Valentino, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-5000.
Chef Gordon Ramsay to Open First Las Vegas Restaurant
After months of conjecture, Caesars Entertainment officially announced that Gordon Ramsay will open his first Las Vegas restaurant at Paris Las Vegas. Gordon Ramsay Steak will open in the spring of 2012, replacing the Les Artistes Steakhouse. Ramsay is easily recognized due to numerous TV appearances on his MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares programs. The menu selections will range from traditional steakhouse fare to Ramsay’s signature fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. The contemporary steakhouse is being designed by San Francisco-based EDG Interior Architecture + Design, which previously created designs for Rao’s and Bradley Ogden restaurants at Caesars Palace. Gordon Ramsay Steak, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
Michael Mina Serving Four-course Vegetarian Dinner
Michael Mina Bellagio is offering a four-course vegetarian dinner featuring heirloom tomato salad; sweet corn tortellini; an entrée of Japanese specialties including bamboo rice, tofu, glazed bok choy and hen of the woods mushrooms; and a glazed chocolate brownie or root beer float for dessert. The dinner is available nightly and is priced at $68. Michael Mina Bellagio, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8199.
SUSHISAMBA Celebrates Cuisine of Peru During January
SUSHISAMBA strip is hosting Sambahour, its take on happy hour, Sun.-Fri. from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and again from 11 p.m.-close in the bar area. Each month, one destination from the restaurant’s tri-cultural coalition of Japan, Brazil and Peru will be highlighted. During January the spotlight shines on Peru, with choices of crispy oysters, organic chicken anticucho, octopus, tuna tiradito and yucca fries, all priced at $6. Drink specials include Cusquena Peruvian beer for $5 and Brazilian-themed cocktails for $6, including the Pisco Sour---made with Pisco brandy, egg white, fresh lime juice and angostura bitters. SUSHISAMBA strip, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-0700.
Chinese New Year at Pampas Churrascaria Brazilian Grille
In honor of Chinese New Year, Pampas Churrascaria Brazilian Grille will feature dim sum on its buffet and will carve barbecued Chinese pork loin and duck during the month of January. Guests can also celebrate the Chinese New Year by receiving a free Rodizio-style dinner, valued at $43.95, for a Lai See gift to the All Girls Allowed charity. To receive your $43.95 certificate, email your name and email address to [email protected] To use the certificate, a second Rodizio dinner and two drinks must be purchased. Pampas is located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Pampas Churrascaria Brazilian Grille, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-785-5555, 877-333-WISH.

Chef Shuffle

Chris Starkus is the new executive chef at RM Seafood. Starkus previously worked with Alex Stratta, and ran the kitchen in his Stratta restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas. Former executive chef Anthony Fusco is no longer with the organization, and it’s rumored that he will be opening his own restaurant in Texas. RM Seafood, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-9300.
Thomas King has been appointed chef de cuisine at the newly opened Public House at The Venetian. King’s resume includes positions held in the kitchens of Switch at Encore Las Vegas, and Le Cirque and Osteria del Circo at the Bellagio. Public House, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-407-5310.


Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Las Vegas to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Aristocrat, R.I.P.

Okada at Wynn Las Vegas closed on February 6 and has been replaced with Mizumi, which serves both traditional Japanese dishes and contemporary cuisine. Okada, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
After seven years at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, BOA Steakhouse closed in January. BOA’s sister restaurant, Sushi Roku, will remain open at the Forum Shops. BOA Steakhouse , Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.

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