Created by restaurateurs Alex and Sarah Hult, the company menus will be overseen by Kyle Kingrey, the original lead chef of Lavo at the Palazzo and most recently, the former executive chef at the Cosmopolitan's Beauty & Essex and the Tao Group.
Alex Hult, a former professional hockey player with the San Jose Sharks, and his wife Sarah Hult, a former Miss Nevada, opened Flights in 2017 and already have four locations in the San Jose area. Swede Alex Hult switched to the restaurant business after a career-ending injury forced him to retire in 2009.
Kingrey has already started his revamp, adding brunch dishes and upgrading the lunch and dinner choices found in Campbell, Los Gatos, Burlingame, and Mountain View, California.
Specializing in serving “smaller plates featuring three versions of each item,” Kingrey is preparing to add a new wave of larger entrees to the menu, paired with trios of cocktails, spirits, beer, and wine flights.
Already promised, a chipotle burger, truffle grilled cheese and other healthy options, such as salads topped with grilled chicken breasts, ahi tuna, barbecue shrimp, or king salmon.
The menu already features options such as a hot dog that brings bratwurst, Polish sausage, and Calabrese sausage, and fried chicken with barbecue, chili rub, and mango habanero versions. Even cocktails get the flight treatment. An order for mules brings Mexican, Kentucky, and Moscow versions, while a martini flight includes cucumber, a Gibson, and a dirty.
Flights will take over the former Cheeseburger Las Vegas corner space at the mall, vacant since 2016, but conveniently located in a high pedestrian traffic area next door to the V Theater. Designed with an aviation motif, Flights’ staff also dress in flight attendant-inspired uniforms.
Officially debuting this summer, construction permits were initially filed back in January, with entrance and hanging signage next on the agenda, suggesting an on time arrival.