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Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya opens in late 2018

Blue Ribbon’s Bruce and Eric Bromberg are ready to bring their sushi back to Las Vegas, this time with a twist.

The brothers, who are both chefs and co-founders of Blue Ribbon Restaurants in New York City, plan to open Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya in late 2018 at Red Rock Resort in the former home of Libre Mexican Cantina, which closed at the end of June.

The lJapanese-style tavern features a traditional sushi bar with indoor and outdoor seating. “Think happy hour, late-night dining and a comfortable welcoming atmosphere – with an array of small plates, allowing guests to taste a wide variety of items on the menu,” Bruce Bromberg says in a press statement.

Dishes include the brothers’ famous fried chicken with wasabi honey and a full sushi bar with fresh fish flown in daily from Japan.

In New York, the Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya at Sixty Les Hotel serves yakitori by the piece, family-style platters of filet mignon with lobster, Japanese beers, sochu-style cocktails, and a sake and wine list.

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Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya joins the most recent restaurant opening at the resort, Scott Conant’s Masso Osteria, at the front.

The Brombergs also have Blue Ribbon at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq Promenade, and two Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken outlets at the Grand Bazaar Shops and in Downtown Summerlin.

The original Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill closed at the Cosmopolitan in January 2015 to be replaced by Zuma.

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The steakhouse gets a modern makeover

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House on Restaurant Row decided to renovate its 10,000-square-foot space back in May, and now the first diners will see the $2 million makeover starting on July 23. By August, the renovations should be complete.

In the meantime, diners can expect a new color palette at the dark restaurant. Now. chartreuse, cream, and charcoal gray with metallic accents of brushed brass and bronze decorate the space. The new main dining room takes up 1,200 square feet with 17 tables and crystal light fixtures. Leather and velvet banquettes surround the tables.

A central dining lounge features three raised booths, dubbed the Godfather booths, for an exclusive setting. Each booth has its own waterfall crystal chandeliers, while quartz mirrors feature marble frames.

The space also include 4,200 square feet of meetings and convention dining space, laser cut metal screen installations, and a communal bar table.

Located at 3925 Paradise Road, on the western edge of the Hughes Center, the changes are not expected to impact the famous, automated James Bond table that rises and drops at the touch of a button to reveal 18 hand etched wine bottles commemorating the Bond movie series from Dr. No through 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies.

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Joins Kabuto and Aburiya Raku at Chinatown’s Seoul Plaza

An already big year for the Mon Restaurant Group now includes the surprise arrival of a “super premium matcha salon,” directly facing Mon’s own Kabuto Edomae Sushi and a short walk from the company’s Monta Japanese Noodle House.

Taking over suite 6, next door to the Sagos Tavern, Chamon Matcha Salon sits at the intersection of Spring Mountain Road and Hauck Street, in Chinatown’s famed Seoul Plaza retail center. In the works since last September, Spring Mountain experts W G Constructors are part of the interior overhaul.

Currently hiring and announcing a July 27 debut, Chamon will serve “premium Matcha products such as freshly brewed green tea, soft serve ice cream and much more!”

The finely ground matcha will be imported from Uji, a Japanese city south of Kyoto renowned for “producing the best quality matcha in the whole wide world.”

Opening hours and a full menu are yet to be revealed.

Mon Restaurant Group relaunched its shuttered Monta Chaya tonkotsu ramen restaurant in the southeast earlier this year and new concept Tekka Bar-Handroll & Sake will become part of the Cosmopolitan's under construction Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar later in the fall.

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Where to score the classic Philly cheese steak in Vegas

The holy trinity of cheese, steak ,and bread is comfort food, hangover cure, and cheat day rolled into one. Even casual cheese steak fans know that the classic sub was created in Philadelphia, but few realize how far back the history of the menu item goes. The cheese steak — which curiously enough did not originally feature cheese — was dreamed up in the 1930s by two hot dog vendors named Pat and Harry Olivieri who were bored with their usual lunch.

Since the original beef, onion, and bread version, the cheese steak went through multiple transformations before arriving at its modern day iteration. Today’s cheese steak features rib-eye steak or round top steak, Cheez Whiz, provolone or American cheese, a roll from Amoroso’s, and various other toppings, if so desired. Those hungry for the perfect cheese steak in Vegas can find it at these five restaurants.

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A Las Vegas cheese steak institution

The distinctive triangular building on the corner of Decatur Boulevard and Alta Drive has been home to some of the best cheese steaks in Las Vegas since 2002. Open 24 hours a day, Pop’s Philly Steaks serves a variety of Philly cheese steaks including simple varieties with Cheez Whiz, American cheese, or provolone and exciting creations featuring bacon and Swiss and pepperoni pizza toppings. Philly’s famous Italian ice makes for the perfect post-cheese-steak cool down.

Pop’s Philly Steaks, 501 S. Decatur Blvd.; 702-878-6444

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Cheese steak by the lake

Tucked away in a tiny storefront beside Lake Sahara, Those Guys Pies is a true hidden gem that serves more than just pizza. While the pies are worth a try, the restaurant’s cheese steaks are the real standout. The 10-inch rib-eye cheese-steaks are loaded with generous layers of cheese, plus optional onions, mushrooms, peppers or even less common toppings such as broccoli rabe.

Those Guys Pies, 2916 Lake East Drive; 702-629-2626

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Great cheese steaks from a gas station

Every true Las Vegan knows that sometimes the best meal in town comes from the least expected place. This is definitely the case with Philly Cheesesteak Factory. Located inside a gas station near Sunset Park, this unassuming spot offers a simple menu of steak or chicken cheese steaks with a choice of cheese, mushrooms, onions, or peppers. Other menu items include chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, and onion rings.

Philly Cheesesteak Factory, 6115 S. Pecos Road; 702-456-6500

Brian S./Yelp Philly cheese steak at The Stake Out Bar & Grill

Dive bar delights

Located near the UNLV campus, The Stake Out Bar & Grill is a Buffalo Bills themed dive bar that just happens to serve a pretty mean cheese steak. The dimly lit bar offers a winning combination: cheap booze, and Philly cheese steaks with mushrooms, onions, peppers, or bacon.

The Stake Out Bar & Grill, 4800 Maryland Pkwy.; 702-798-8383

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Cheese steaks served on genuine Amoroso rolls

True to its name, Straight From Philly Steakout serves cheese steaks in true Philadelphia tradition. The westside restaurant serves its cheese steaks on the preferred Amoroso roll, which is soft and slightly salty. On-the-go diners can order the popular Philly Phanatic steak (topped with chili, Cheez Whiz, American cheese, and provolone) from the drive-thru.

Straight From Philly Steakout, 5181 W. Charleston Blvd.; 702-822-6360

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Elotes, seafood, and tacos are on the way

A local success story has rapidly grown since 2014 and now Frijoles & Frescas is bringing its sixth casual Mexican outpost to Centennial later this year.

Promoting itself as “hands down the BEST Mexican food in Las Vegas,” the restaurant also encourages diners to “bring your appetite!” Frijoles will take over the corner, tall roofed, 3,050-square-foot former home of Al’s Donuts & Cafe Burger at the Tenaya Village commercial center.

Located at the intersection of Tenaya Way and Azure Drive, the retail hub is already home to a Capriotti’s and Timbers Bar & Grill.

Frijoles’ other locations around the valley are open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m on Friday and Saturday. Each restaurant is closed on Sundays “to allow our employees to spend time with their families.”

On the menu, grilled tacos, “carne asada, marinated chicken, al pastor, grilled shrimp,” the very popular elote, “fire-grilled Mexican street corn,” and the namesake aguas frescas, a collection of strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, mango, chia, spinach, or cucumber beverages.

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He chats about the best cocktails and beer bars

Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren’t unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we’ve enlisted some of our city’s beverage players to share their recommendations for a random feature dubbed Cocktail Confidential. Know a bartender who wants to share some top cocktail spots? The tipline is open.

Tony Duncan helped open Brooklyn Bowl , the bowling alley, concert venue, and restaurant at The Linq Promenade, back in 2014 as a bartender. In the past, he’s worked at PF Chang’s at Planet Hollywood Resort, and the former ESPN Zone at New York-New York. Here he shares some of his favorite places to grab a drink when he’s not bartending, working out, snowboarding, or hitting the pool or beach.

Which bars or lounges do you turn to when you’re not working?

I drink craft beers and liquor on ice. I like to go to bars and lounges of bartenders I know who come into Brooklyn Bowl. My top four favorite places would be Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay, Black Tap at the Venetian, Born & Raised on Warm Springs, and Public School 702 at Downtown Summerlin. I like the food, atmosphere, and drinks.

Which cocktails are most memorable?

Libertine Social would be my top pick for amazing hand-crafted cocktails. They have a few refreshing cocktails that must be had. The Cucumber Cobbler is made with Hendrick’s Gin, fresh green apple & cucumber, and ginger syrup. The Atomic Fizz is made with Ketel One Citron, Aperol, Prickly Pear Puree, and Setlzer.The ZigZag is made with Absolut Citron, Cointreau, Watermelon and Lemon Juices. Libertine Social has a stylish and sophisticated cocktail for every taste desire.

Why do you enjoy going there?

We live in the entertainment capital of the world with some of the best food and drinks anywhere. Given that, I don’t like to go back to the same spot twice. I like to see everything there is to offer.

Are there any outstanding coffee cocktails that you enjoy? Where do you go?

I’m not a big fan of coffee cocktails. I like my coffee black.

What about breakfast or brunch drinks? Where do you go?

I don’t do breakfast places that much. I like Stacks & Yolks but other than that not a big breakfast or brunch guy. Not too big into breakfast or brunch drinks either.

Where do you like to stop for a wide selection of beer?

For the largest selection of beer I like to go Tenaya Creek Brewery, Banger Brewing, Aces & Ales, and Big Dog Brewing Company.

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Plus the brewery expands

CraftHaus Brewery in Henderson lands two new brewers who take over from Steve Brockman and Steph Cope, who head back to Australia.

Cameron Fisher takes over as head brewer and Bryson Bauducco becomes the new assistant brewer.

Fisher started home brewing a decade ago while attending the University Nevada, Las Vegas. He later started with Odyssey Beerwerks outside of Denver. Then he spent a year in Portland before returning to Colorado. His repertoire includes non-traditional beers as well as India pale ales and Belgian ales.

Bauducco was formerly an assistant brewer at Mike Hess Brewing in San Diego, and operated a mobile canning line in Southern California. He plans to complete his professional certificate in brewing from UC San Diego extension.

The brewery that opened four years ago also went through an expansion to accommodate a Wild Goose canning line, a 40-barrel fermenter, and a large distribution cold room.

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From the creator of Curry Pot and India Masala Cuisine

Mirchi

Address: 3999 S. Las Vegas Boulevard

Phone: 702-209-3599

Status: Open 24 hours a day

Sitting across Las Vegas Boulevard from Mandalay Bay, Lovepreet Singh continues to expand his casual dining empire along the Strip, debuting the Southern India-inspired menu of Mirchi.

Now open around the clock, Mirchi sits between a McDonald's and Rocco’s NY Pizza & Pasta which arrived in February at the Akita Plaza retail center, close to the intersection with Four Seasons Drive.

Singh is also preparing to unveil Wing Addiction and Cartel Takos at the Fashion Show mall later this year. His India Masala concept launched at the mall three years ago, followed by an expansion to the Grand Canal Shoppes in 2016, creating another 24-hour venture, Curry Pot.

Further south, with a name translated as chili peppers, Mirchi is pledging to offer “authentic and delicious South Indian food at an affordable price.”

On the menu, familiar choices such as $5 samosas, or the $13 chicken tikka masala, and $10 chicken biryani dishes join less common options of goat chettinad, a bone-in goat curry, $9 egg bhuji pao, made with scrambled eggs and slider buns, and an $11 baked fish.

Reflecting the menu’s South India origins, eight choices of dosa are available, priced from $9 to $11 and include a “scrambled paneer” and the vegan “spiced potatoes and Crolina Reaper Addiction sauce” creation.

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Eat and drink for a discount

One of the best bets in Vegas is happy hour, that time of day when restaurants and bars offer up discounted food and drink specials. Customers looking for a deal can find these deals all up and down the Strip, in Summerlin, Henderson and at points in between. Get deals early in the day, late at night, on certain days or even seven days a week. Then prepare to eat and drink your way through an afternoon or night with deals that are too good to pass up.

Fun idea — bar and restaurant hop all afternoon and into the night to make the most of deals at a variety of places.

Here’s an updated look at some updated happy hours all across Las Vegas where you can nab deals. Looking for sushi happy hours? Check this handy guide.

Note: All restaurants and bars are listed from north to south. This guide has more added every week. See something missing? Drop it in the comments, or hit up the tipline, where tips are always welcome.

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Plus the W Hotel departs next week

Alex Meruelo and The Meruelo Group will soon become the sole operator at the SLS Las Vegas, as hotel partner W Las Vegas departs the resort on July 20, ahead of huge changes for the 1,616-room, three-tower, north Strip resort.

First shared by the BoardingArea blog, the SLS will “no longer be affiliated with the W brand,” ending less than two years in control of the 289-room LUX Tower.

The departure enables Meruelo to fully implement his vision for the SLS, expected to include a re-branding as the Grand Sahara Resort. While yet to confirm the long-rumored name change, interior remodeling paperwork filed earlier this month officially and publicly uses the Grand Sahara label for the first time. The Meruelo Group has owned the similarly dubbed Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno since 2006.

The Meruelo Group allocated an estimated construction budget of $3.5 million, part of a promised $100 million overhaul. The initial yet-to-be specified improvements address mechanical, electrical, and sprinkler upgrades, which may include covering over the exposed casino floor ceiling, a design move SLS general manager Paul Hobson cited as a priority to The Los Angeles Times back in April.

Within the same article, Meruelo revealed he is also interested in curating an untapped customer base, explaining “in my opinion, the Hispanic market has been under-served in Vegas and Reno” and qualifying ”that doesn’t mean I’m only going to focus on the Hispanic market,” But he again affirmed, “I am Hispanic and I’m very proud of that, but that’s just one more under-served market we plan to go after.”

Meruelo began his hospitality career creating the La Pizza Loca chain in Southern California. The current roster of restaurants at the resort includes the remaining local pizza outpost for California-based 800 Degrees. Alongside Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Cleo, Katsuya, and Umami Burger, all the casino floor dining options should be considered vulnerable to possible future changes or replacement.

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