John McKibben's Grape Street Café has been a neighborhood fixture on Lake Mead Boulevard since 1997, but new owners have taken over the space, leaving chef McKibben to concentrate his energies on his Downtown Summerlin-located Grape Street Café & Wine Bar.
Newly renamed Grape Vine Cafe, co-owner Linda Kutcher reveals the new operators were longtime customers and have held onto the former staff and kept a menu familiar for their frequent repeat guests.
Self-described as "California bistro style cuisine with Italian and Mediterranean flares," menu favorites still include their baked brie pastry pouch "filled with brie, toasted hazelnuts, caramelized onions and apricot" and roasted airline chicken, "rubbed with garlic and herbs, served with ratatouille and leek mashed potatoes"
Also sticking around, the popular outdoor patio and the cafe's retail license that permits guests to buy bottles of wine to go, earning up to 50 percent off savings.
McKibben's Downtown Summerlin spot, located next door to Rice Republic, debuted in December 2014, anchored by a four-story wine tower behind the bar.