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Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia Sets Opening Date for Chica

Latin American cuisine is headed to the Venetian

Bradley Martin

The most-anticipated Las Vegas restaurant set to debut this spring has an official opening date. Top Chef Masters’ chef Lorena Garcia and John Kunkel's 50 Eggs Inc. are transforming the former DB Brasserie space at the Venetian into Chica, launching with a grand opening on Sunday, May 14.

Set to be open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the 9,395-square-foot space allocated an estimated $3,755,000 for construction costs alone. It sits next door to Kunkel's earlier Las Vegas success, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.

The Latin American cuisine — inspired by Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina — will be watched over by chef Mike Minor, formerly of Border Grill and his Truck-U Barbeque food truck, alongside chef Donna Willey of Canonita, a close neighbor at the resort. The restaurant is currently interviewing applicants for all other positions.

Chef Lorena Garcia poster Lorena Garcia

Chef Lorena Garcia poster. Photo: Lorena Garcia Instagram

The Venetian has already begun posting chef Garcia’s image around the property, the first female chef to share space alongside famous names like Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse, She will also be making her own high profile debut during Vegas Uncork'd on April 29, during an event hosted by Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro.

Venetian Resort & Casino

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 414-1000 Visit Website

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