Roberto’s Taco Shop closes its original Las Vegas location that originally opened in 1990 today. The restaurant at 1220 E. Harmon Avenue, near UNLV, sits in a strip mall that sold about three years ago and plans to go through redevelopment, according to KTNV. Roberto’s plans to relocate to 4700 S. Maryland Parkway, opening in the Gateway Building on March 1. The base of the new apartment complex includes Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, opening February 6, and Pizza Forte, a 7-Eleven, and Sushi Joe’s, along with recent arrivals Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Crumbl Cookies. Founders Roberto and Dolores Robledo opened Roberto’s in 1964 in San Diego, and later moved to Las Vegas in 1990. Now the company has 57 locations statewide.
Avery’s Coffee closed after six years in business in Village Square.
Sizzle Hut, the restaurant in the southwest that allows each diner to individually cook their dishes, closes on January 29. By February 3, it converts into Holy Shrimp, a Cajun seafood restaurant. Chef Kevin Chong of Japaneiro works with the Sizzle Hut team to open the restaurant that will have buy two pounds of shrimp or crawfish, get one pound free on opening day. The restaurant plans to be open from Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 a.m. Sizzle Hut opened last March.
Paris Baguette closed at the Grand Canal Shoppes on January 6. The restaurant debuted at the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes in October 2015, taking over a prominent, two-level spot on the resort’s St. Mark’s Square. Parent company SPC Group from Korea still has a location in Chinatown. The Paris Baguette menu features French pastries, desserts, breads, salads, sandwiches, and specialty drinks.
Gaucho’s Sacred Flavors, the Argentinian restaurant at the Bunkhouse Saloon, closed. Ricardo Guerrero, who founded the food truck Slidin’ Thru, teamed up with Gerardo Avalos to open the restaurant last March.
Memphis Championship Barbecue, which featured slowly smoked baby back ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches on Warm Springs Road, closed. Texas Meltz is taking its place. That restaurant out of the Lone Star State features 15 sandwich choices, all priced at $8.95 and named after Texas landmarks, including The Amarillo made with roast beef and filled onions, The Plano built with turkey and fired onions, and The Dallas stacked with brisket and barbecue sauce. It already has a location on West Sahara Avenue.
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