Manhattan’s hit burger concept Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer has confirmed its first western expansion is headed to Las Vegas and is already announcing a winter 2017 debut at the Venetian.
Black Tap Las Vegas is the brainchild of two names very familiar with the local scene, Joe Isidori who worked as an executive chef for the Trump organization, where he earned a Michelin star, and restaurateur and nightclub developer Chris Barish, a name most recently connected to Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas and Rowen Seibel of Serendipity 3 infamy.
As predicted, Black Tap will take over Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s B&B Burger & Beer, next to the resort’s poker room and planned to shutter on Sept. 30. The footprint includes a high-profile 2,000-square-foot patio facing the Strip and the resort’s canals and singing gondoliers.
The future interior design is described as a “classic American luncheonette with a distinctly New York feel.” On the menu, burgers created with Pat LaFrieda beef, a crispy chicken sandwich, spicy Korean barbecue wings and sides including crispy Brussels sprouts.
Other main attractions include the “CrazyShakes” series of desserts, like the “Cotton Candy” strawberry shake, completed with a blue and pink pearl chocolate rim, a pink lollipop and rock candy.
Among Black Tap’s celebrity fans, golfer Greg Norman, whose eponymous tribute burger is made with Wagyu beef from his Australian ranch, plus “house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula.”