It's only been out of action since June, but fans, regular visitors and the swarms of charted Hawaiian gamblers flown to downtown's California Casino & Hotel each week have not been patiently waiting for the return of their beloved Aloha Specialties.
The mezzanine restaurant is back to serving their "broke da mouth" menu today, with a new look for the patio and interior that always appears to be full to the brim with customers. The Cal and the Aloha’s owners have manage to keep the remodel and any additions to the menu a carefully guarded secret.
Aloha Specialties arrived in Las Vegas in 1980 as the city’s first beef jerky store. In 1985 the restaurant was created at the casino, run by Larry Yamagata, a former executive chef with the Sheraton hotel chain in Hawaii. A sister restaurant, Ross J's Aloha Grill, has been operating in Henderson since 2001.
Menu favorites include saimin, Spam musubi, their selection of plate lunches, stews, curry dishes and rice bowls. Opening hours remain 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.