The rumors were true. In big news for off-Strip, Bruce and Eric Bromberg are bringing Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken from downtown Manhattan to Downtown Summerlin.
With $1 million allocated in estimated construction costs, Blue Ribbon will reside in the same building complex as new neighbor Ethan Allen's home furnishings store and a few yards away from the recently debuted Andiron Steak & Sea and soon-to-open Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar.
The confirmation comes days after Eater Vegas first reported the very buzzy rumor that fellow New Yorkers Shake Shack are also seriously considering a move to the outdoor mega-retail center.
The Downtown Summerlin Blue Ribbon will occupy 2,880 square feet with potential room for more than 100 inside, making it larger than the counter service original which opened in 2013.
The Manhattan menu features a full roster of chicken pieces featuring the Bromberg classic flavor, plus crispy chicken sandwiches, salads, hush puppies and shakes and unusual dishes like livers and onions and the "Beak to Butt" option, featuring crispy necks, backs hearts and gizzards with hot sauce and pickled peppers.
The brother's first Blue Ribbon monikered restaurant debuted in 1992, garnering a reputation for a stellar, multi-culturally inspired late-night menu with the matzo-meal crusted "Northern" fried chicken as their breakout star. The matzo exterior helps "steam" the chicken interior during the frying process, making the dish less greasy, and providing a juicy counterpoint to the crunchy skin.
The brand's journey to Las Vegas began in 2010 with the opening of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and in 2014 with their menu created for Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is currently hiring, however construction on the space only began earlier this month.