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September 2020 Archive

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Lucky Day—Tequila & Mescal House is now open in the Fremont East Entertainment District. The new 3,000-square-foot bar offers an expansive selection of rare mezcals, small-batch tequilas and signature cocktails paired with housemade tortilla chips, salsa fresca and guacamole flights. The décor is a blend of knick-knacks, eccentric art, stained glass windows and a canopy of 15,000 custom handmade programmable LED lights in all shapes and sizes, which is an art installation created by renowned artist Keegan Olton; and the walls showcase a dozen pieces by Bob Dob, a Southern Californian artist known for paintings that celebrate the surf and skate punk rock culture. Signature cocktails include the Jalisco Fashion featuring Añejo tequila, black cinnamon tea syrup, blood orange liqueur and cassia bark bitters. Lucky Day is reservation only Wed.-Sun. from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., with limited walk-up service during those hours. Reservations can be made by texting 702-291-7599. Lucky Day—Tequila & Mescal House, 516 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-291-7599.
One day after it was confirmed that Estiatorio Milos would be closing its location at The Cosmopolitan, The Venetian sent out a press release telling of its relocation to the resort just down the street. Expected to open at The Venetian Resort in spring 2021, the restaurant by Costas Spiliadis will bring a Mediterranean seafood restaurant with the flavors of Greece to the resort’s restaurant collection. Like its sister Milos locations, the seafood will be flown in daily from the Mediterranean then put on display in the restaurant’s signature fish market where guests can make their selection. The eatery is also known for its extensive list of fine wines with a focus on Greece. The new restaurant location will be set in the former space of Aquaknox, a seafood restaurant that closed in January 2019. The new digs will span 13,624 square feet and filing paperwork list a $10 million budget for construction costs. Estiatorio Milos, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, the reimagined and re-conceptualized casino resort replacing the former Hard Rock Hotel, has announced its roster of 12 restaurants. Highlights of the collection include the Vegas return of chef Todd English’s Olives, offering a Mediterranean menu; David and Michael Morton’s old-school steakhouse One Steakhouse, complete with a new look; and chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s namesake Nobu with a fresh décor and expanded bar area presenting traditional Japanese cooking. Newcomers will include Night + Market, a lauded Los Angeles eatery behind chef Kris Yenbamroong bringing authentic Thai dishes; Kassi Beach Club, from restauranteur Nick Mathers, creator of Élephante in Santa Monica and LA’s Kassi Club, situated poolside combining coastal Italian flavors with the spirit of the Mediterranean; and Casa Calavera from the Hakkasan Group, a traditional Mexican cuisine concept. The hotel had planned to open in early November, but due to the pandemic has postponed the opening but has not yet announced its revised opening date. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

News Bytes

Americana Offering Mid-week Three-course Dinner with Wine Pairings for $50
Americana at Desert Shores, selected as one of Gayot’s Best New Restaurants in the U.S. in 2017, is offering a weekly Harvest Menu, a three-course meal with endless wine pairings for $50 per person. Available during dinner Tuesday-Thursday, the menu changes weekly, but a recent offering included bib lettuce with shaved fennel, radishes and Green Goddess dressing paired with Vista Point Chardonnay; pan-seared diver scallops with celery root, hen of the wood mushrooms and Hatch chili matched with Vista Point Cabernet Sauvignon; and banana split with market berries and Chantilly cream. To inquire about the weekly menu call 702-331-5565 or visit Americana, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 118, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-331-5565.
Carmine’s Bringing Back Its Capellini Marechiara for a Limited Time
In celebration of National Pasta Day, Carmine’s inside the Forum Shops at Caesars will bring back its Capellini Marechiara pasta special, which features green lip mussels, littleneck clams, shrimp, scallops, Italian hot peppers, Carmine's pomodoro tomatoes, roasted garlic, basil, parsley, Carmine's white wine and baby arugula. Available for dine-in, takeout and delivery from October 17-24, the special serves 4-6 and is priced at $54. In addition, Carmine’s is offering its homemade classic red sauce, with 100% of profits going to Carmine’s Cares Employee Relief Fund. A 3-pack of 32 oz family-size jars is $45 and can be ordered for nationwide shipping at Carmine’s, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-473-9700.
Buddy V’s Ristorante Reopens with New Vegetarian Menu Items and New Happy Hour
Buddy V’s Ristorante, after undergoing a renovation this summer, has reopened within the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort with new vegetarian menu items and a new happy hour. New vegetarian dishes include roasted vegetable, tomato and basil (with rigatoni, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccolini, spinach, zucchini and basil pesto), porcini whipped potatoes and Tuscan style broccolini. The new happy hour, served in the bar, lounge and indoor patio from 4-6 p.m. daily, offers meatballs, prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella sticks, Roma-style gnocchi, Hoboken chicken wings and eggplant parm for $6; and domestic beer, red & white house wine, Prosecco and sangria for $5. Other deals are kids 10 and under eat free every Sunday and Monday with purchase of an adult entrée, wine Wednesdays with 50% off all bottles and through the end of 2020 a 25% discount (not valid for happy hour) and free cannoli to locals with valid Nevada ID and essential workers and first responders also get 25% off. Buddy V’s Ristorante, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2355; 877-883-6423.
Carson Kitchen Now Serving Sunday Brunch
Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas has added Sunday brunch to its repertoire. Served every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the menu includes sweet to savory items such as oatmeal brûlée ($10) with bourbon, smoked pecan, fruit compote and chantilly cream; B.E.C. ($12) with pork belly, easy egg, white cheddar, herb mayo and arugula; sopapilla French toast ($14) with citrus mascarpone, berry compote and Thai chili maple syrup; oxtail hash ($12) with potato, bell pepper, red wine demi and a sunny egg; egg white frittata ($11) with mushroom, red pepper coulis and whipped goat cheese; and shrimp & grits ($13) with Fresno chile, cilantro, mint, shallot and nuoc cham. Carson Kitchen, John E. Carson Building, 124 6th St., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-473-9523.
Golden Steer Steakhouse Offering Direct-to-home Shipping
Golden Steer Steakhouse, a staple of the Old Vegas steakhouse offering classic cuts of steaks since opening in 1958, is now offering direct-to-home shipping of its signature USDA Prime wet-aged bone-in ribeye, filet mignon or combination packs. Each package of steaks is shipped with the Golden Steer’s “Maitre D’ Butter,” formulated with a proprietary blend of herbs; and a generous helping of the Golden Steer’s au jus. Also available are a selection of Las Vegas Raiders game day at-home meal kits with options of burger, meatball, mac 'n' cheese, seafood stuffed mushrooms and twice baked potatoes. For more info and to order the steaks visit and for the game day meal kits go to Golden Steer Steakhouse, 308 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-384-4470.
The Front Yard at Ellis Island Casino & Brewery Brings Back Weekend Brunch
The two-story indoor-outdoor setting and beer garden concept The Front Yard at Ellis Island Casino & Brewery, is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Mondays following holiday weekends. Served from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the menu curated by executive chef John Alers includes sweet eats like the French toast waffle stuffed crunch toast, savory bites like the brisket Benedict and brunch staples with a twist like the avocado toast with a beet glaze. Accompanying the brunch menu are 13 of the brewery’s beers on tap, intense bloody Marys, bottomless mimosas, all day rosé packages and Sangria served by glass or fishbowl. “I take a lot of pride in this menu as I feel that it’s both innovative and fresh while having options that everyone can enjoy,” said chef John Alers. As the brunch is first come, first served, guests are encouraged to call ahead to check availability and capacity. The Front Yard, Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery, 4178 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-8901.
Jaleo by José Andrés Offering Tasting Menu Jaleo Offering Tasting Menu
Jaleo by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan is offering its menu rápido, a five-course tasting menu. Priced at $35, it includes pan de cristal con tomate y Manchego—toasted slices of crispy bread brushed with fresh tomato and Manchego cheese; Tichi’s gazpacho—classic Spanish chilled tomato soup with pipiranna; ensalada verde—mixed green salad with sherry dressing, tomato, piparra peppers and shaved onion; paella of the day; and pollo a la parilla—grilled chicken thigh with olive oil potato purée and parsley purée. Add-ons include carne asada featuring grilled hanger steak with piquillo pepper confit for $8 and gambas al ajillo—tapa of sautéed shrimp with garlic for $6. Jaleo by José Andrés, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.

Chef Shuffle

Chef Scott Pajak has been appointed executive chef of the Rainbow Club & Casino on Water Street in downtown Henderson. A graduate of UNLV’s hospitality and management program, Pajak spent 18 years with the Emeril Lagasse organization, including almost 10 as executive chef at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo until its recent closure; and won an episode of Season 13 of Food Network’s Chopped. Pajak said, “I'm excited to be a vital part in helping to re-open the nostalgic Rainbow Club & Casino on Water Street and am thankful for the opportunity to help the Brooks brothers (owners of Rainbow Club & Casino) with their second casino, the Emerald Island Casino right behind the Rainbow Club & Casino.” One of Pajak’s first tasks will be to finalize the menu for the new burger concept Triple B. Rainbow Club & Casino, 122 S Water St., Henderson, NV 89015, 702-565-9777.
Thomas Griese has been named executive chef at Jing Thomas Griese has been named executive chef at Jing, the global Asian cuisine restaurant in Downtown Summerlin. Hailing from Lafayette, Indiana, after graduating from Johnson & Wales University in 2006, Griese worked with renowned chefs including Thomas Keller, Andre Rochat and Michael Mina. Griese completed a stage apprenticeship at The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and afterward held a corporate chef position with the Mina Group that brought his talents to restaurants including Margeaux Brasserie in Chicago, Bourbon Steak in San Francisco and RN74 in Seattle; and also worked at resort properties including The Setai and Fontainebleau in Miami and Baha Mar in the Bahamas. In Las Vegas he honed his culinary skills at acclaimed restaurants including Bouchon, Andre’s at Monte Carlo, Alizé at the Palms, Le Cirque at Bellagio, Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons and most recently at Sage at Aria. Jing, 10975 Oval Park Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 725-735-7172.


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After being the first Vegas buffet to reopen after the shutdown, the Buffet at Wynn has closed indefinitely after service on September 7, 2020. After reopening on June 18th with unlimited servings of 90 dishes, the reimagined Wynn buffet featured dishes brought to patrons by servers in unlimited quantities during a two-hour window. Wynn spokesperson Michael Weaver said, “Based upon guest feedback, we found that many guests prefer a more traditional buffet experience over the served all-you-can-eat format. We will continue to assess the situation and will make a determination on reopening at the appropriate time.” This closure leaves only two buffets open in Las Vegas: Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan and Garden Buffet at South Point, both of which offer plated servings; and Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace recently announced that its reopening, original slated for August, has been pushed back to a yet-to-be-determined date. Buffet at Wynn, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-3340, 888-320-WYNN.

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