The stars appear to be aligning for Guy Fieri to debut his second Las Vegas restaurant in time for the March Madness NCAA Basketball Championship and take advantage of the huge influx of sport fans and gamblers.
Fieri's forthcoming, 5,556-square-foot, El Burro Borracho at the Rio will fill the shuttered Buzios Seafood Restaurant with a sequel to his original outpost at Harrah's Laughlin. Described as a place to "eat, drink and fiesta" the resort recently shared a photo of the chef prepping the new Vegas menu.
In addition to social media talk suggesting the Burro will open as early as the first week of March, a current Groupon offer for Rio hotel rooms explicitly tells future guests the restaurant will debut next month.
The concept, translated as drunken donkey, or ass, aims to serve "bold flavors and unique twists on traditional Mexican dishes." Already promised for the menu "crispy mahi mahi Juan tacos, flaming queso fundido, Acapulco Gold salad, drunken fish tacos, lava rock shrimp, signature tortas, enchiladas and burritos." In Laughlin, the restaurant is only open for dinner.
The Food Network star chef and UNLV alum's first venture into Las Vegas, Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar, proved an immediate hit at The Linq when it debuted in April 2014. For his first anniversary, Fieri turned the event into an "off the hook" celebration, toasting guests and working the grill on his patio cooking up bacon mac and cheese burgers. No word yet on his plans for the second birthday.