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That Pokémon-Themed Bar Cancels All Popups

Plus updates on Virgin Hotel and the Drew opening in Las Vegas

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A row of three Pokémon-themed burgers
Burgers from a Pokémon-themed pop-up bar
PokéBar [Official Site]

LAS VEGAS — That Pokémon-themed bar that’s making the rounds through the United States and England didn’t actually ask Nintendo whether it could use the Pokémon name, effectively scrapping all plans for a popup, including in Las Vegas. The PokéBar planned a pop-up on Sept. 19, 2020. The Pokémon brand, including characters such as Pikachu, belongs to the video game giant Nintendo. [Eater Montreal]

HARD ROCK HOTEL — While the eastside casino and resort plans to close after the Super Bowl in February to convert into a Virgin Hotel, now comes word that the reopening is scheduled for Dec. 15, 2020, instead of October or November 2020. [LVRJ]

THE DREW — The tallest hotel in Las Vegas now makes plans to open in 2022. The 67-floor, 3,719-room Drew plans to include a nesting bar that features a “bar within a bar within a bar” overlooking the hotel registration area, as well as a restaurant, bars, and lounges on the penthouse level. [Travel Weekly]

WALDORF ASTORIA — The resort’s Tea Lounge collaborated with Twist by Pierre Gagnaire for tea service paired with sandwiches and pastries inspired by the chef’s modern French cuisine. The tea service on the 23rd floor of the resort kicks off on Oct. 8, running through Nov. 28 for $51 per person. [EaterWire]

LOS ANGELES — Las Vegas celebrity chef Akira Back plans to open his first U.S. outlet of ABSteak inside the Beverly Center in November. The Korean steakhouse, which debuted in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2017, features a “chamber” dedicated to dry-aging meat up to 120 days as well as a huge menu of domestic and imported beef. Back has Yellowtail at the Bellagio and Kumi at Mandalay Bay. [Eater LA]

NEW YORK CITY — The late Joël Robuchon’s New York version of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon converted its more casual restaurant space into Le Club. The former Le Grill features velvet banquettes, along with snacks and plates for sharing in the $10 to $30 range. [Eater NY]

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA — Chef Alex Stratta, who had Alex and Stratta at Wynn Las Vegas, along with Tapas by Alex Stratta and Salt & Pepper at Tivoli Village, now plans to open Blue Zone in the former home of The Melting Pot. The quick-service restaurant plans to serve a health-conscious menu that’s “very Mediterranean,” Strata tells The Arizona Republic. He won a James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef Southwest in 1998 while Alex earned two Michelin stars. [AZCentral]

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Tapas By Alex Stratta

, Las Vegas, NV (702) 483-3555


3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 740-6341 Visit Website

Mandalay Bay

3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89119 (702) 632-7777 Visit Website


3131 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-770-7000 Visit Website

Tivoli Village

400 South Rampart Boulevard, , NV 89145 (702) 534-0000 Visit Website

Virgin Hotels

4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169 Visit Website

L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon

3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 891-7358 Visit Website


3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 730-3900 Visit Website

Waldorf Astoria

3752 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV Visit Website

The Melting Pot

1050 Southwest 6th Avenue, , OR 97204 (503) 517-8960 Visit Website


3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89119 (702) 632-9100 Visit Website

The Drew

2777 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109 Visit Website

Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

3752 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89158 (702) 590-8888 Visit Website

Wynn Las Vegas

3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 770-7000 Visit Website