Guy Fieri is borrowing his own taste of Laughlin for his second Las Vegas restaurant. Construction is under way on El Burro Borracho, hidden behind a blank plywood wall at the Rio. Scheduled to debut in early 2016, El Burro takes over the shuttered Buzios Seafood Restaurant, creating a 5,556-square-foot space, with an estimated construction budget of $1.4 million.
This is the second El Burro Borracho for Fieri, a name translated as drunk donkey or ass in Spanish. The first resides at the Harrah's Laughlin, which debuted in a smaller 4,915-square-foot footprint a year ago. The Burro, as Fieri dubs it, officially "serves bold flavors and unique twists on traditional Mexican dishes." They also offer a habanero salsa, that one reviewer warned, "never order this!! It is $3.00 and you might as well pour gasoline and light a match this was hot i almost was in tears and i like hot but this was Satan!"
At the Rio, guests are promised the future menu will include "crispy mahi mahi Juan tacos, flaming queso fundido, Acapulco Gold salad, drunken fish tacos, lava rock shrimp, signature tortas, enchiladas and burritos."
While work is advancing, an exact timetable for the 2016 debut of a "vibrant, fun atmosphere" has not been revealed. Fieri already very successfully operates Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Linq, which celebrated its first anniversary in April.