Fans of Masa Takayama better head to Aria before July 31 is they want to eat at the sushi restaurant BarMasa or Tetsu Teppan Grill. The two restaurants at Aria close at 11 p.m. on July 31. Aria says the shutter comes at the end of Takayama’s management agreement.
Chef Takayama has been a part of the culinary team at Aria since the resort opened in 2009, while Tetsu, the restaurant inside that served as a teppan grill, opened in 2012. Tetsu took over the former high-end Shaboo space and marked Takayama’s first attempt at a teppan grill.
BarMasa, once a regular on the Eater 38, has a cold but modern interior, serving fish caught within 24 hours in Tokyo Bay. To experience this best, have an expense account and order omakase, a chef’s choice, multi-course meal.
The chef plans to open his new Tetsu dining emporium in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood this fall.
Reps from Aria didn’t announce a replacement for either restaurant yet, but promised an announcement soon.
In the rumors department, consider Morimoto a viable contender. Three years ago, the Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto announced plans to open at the Mirage and take over the Japonais space. Word is that Morimoto is still interested in a Las Vegas restaurant.