Two new restaurants at Wynn Las Vegas, a new Raku from Mitsuo Endo, and a mobster-themed steakhouse lead the lineup of anticipated restaurants opening this spring in Las Vegas. A robot-server hot pot restaurant and a late-night karaoke den arrive soon on the Strip, while off the Strip, chef Justin Kingsley Hall has big comfort food plans in the Arts District while chef Todd English returns to Las Vegas at Area15. That’s just a taste of what’s to come. Find out about 10 of the biggest openings in Las Vegas in spring 2020.
Players: Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes, and Santiago Perez of Cosme in New York City
Projected Opening: March 21
The 6,908-square-foot Elio will replace the pan-Asian menu at Andrea’s with “a restaurant that embraces the showmanship of the city not just with celebratory food, but also in the design and ambiance.” The same team is behind previous hit projects Cosme and Atla in New York City. Olvera further expanded his global recognition in 2000 with the launch of the award-winning Mexico City restaurant, Pujol. For the menu, chefs Soto-Innes and Olvera are so far promising Elio’s “dishes are rooted in Mexican ingredients and flavors and prepared according to time tested and specialized Mexican techniques.”
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Location: Grand Canal Shoppes
The Players: LA chef Chris Oh
Projected Opening: End of March 2020
Kamu Ultra Karaoke makes its debut at the Grand Canal Shoppes next to SushiSamba in February. The 17,000-plus-square-foot space features 40 private singing suites, as well as a menu from chef Chris Oh and cocktails. The kitchen serves dishes such as fresh oysters, pizzas, and churro doughnut holes, while bottle service feeds singers who need liquid courage.
Location: Grand Canal Shoppes
Projected Opening: Soon
Hot pots galore served by robots land at the Grand Canal Shoppes this winter when X Pot opens near SushiSamba. The restaurant, previously called Xiang Hot Pot, brings robot servers, 360-degree projections in high-def, interactive light shows, and themed sounds to accompany the thousand-year-old hotpot tradition of Sichuan hot pots.
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Location: Wynn Las Vegas
The Players: L.A.’s h.wood Group — which runs The Nice Guy, Peppermint Club, Poppy, Petite Taqueria, and Bootsy Bellows
Projected Opening: May 2020
A dash of roaring ’20s-inspired supper club with West Hollywood roots takes over the former Alex space at Wynn Las Vegas. Delilah, the glossy restaurant and lounge decked out in plush seats, serving big dinners, and enticing with bottle service is coming to Las Vegas. Servers wearing white jacket tuxedos and flapper dresses, and a band playing on stage set the entertainment vibe of the space set to be designed by Todd-Avery Lenahan of TAL Studio. The Art Deco-inspired restaurant includes “Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired palm tree columns.” In Los Angeles, the supper club serves baby back ribs, spaghetti squash primavera, roasted chicken, a veal chop marsala, and salmon en croute for entrees.
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Location: 3215 S. Rancho Drive
The Players: Todd English
Projected Opening: May 2020 to the public
Todd English returns to Las Vegas with an unnamed food hall to Area15, the 200,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center west of I-15 that plans to offer live events and art installations in 2020. English partners with the venue to open an unnamed food hall with a menu he creates. A press release notes that patrons can “dine among large-scale art installations, music, performance and other” activities when it opens to the public this spring.
Other food and beverage outlets at the venue include ice cream shop Emack & Bolios; cocktail and coffee bar Oddwood, highlighted by a 23-foot Japanese maple tree replete with twinkling LED lights; Rocket Fizz with nostalgic candies and sodas; and event partner Hakkasan Group.
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Location: 1214 S. Main St.
The Players: Justin Kingsley Hall and Kim Owens
Projected Opening: Winter 2020
The former chef at the Kitchen at Atomic brings a comfort food restaurant to the Arts District. The restaurant has kept a tight lid on details, although chef Justin Kingsley Hall has done a few popups to showcase potential dishes.
Location: Flamingo Las Vegas
Projected Opening: May 2020
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse plans to open in early 2020 with a vintage look, speakeasy entrance, and homage to the mobsters who opened the Flamingo in 1946. Parent company Caesars Entertainment named the restaurant for Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and his business partner Meyer Lansky, who opened the Flamingo, the first resort-style hotel on the Strip. Diners enter through a front that looks like a bakery, walking past the kitchen and meat cooler where steaks are dry-aged. Chicago’s Studio K Creative and designer Jonathan Adler created the look of the restaurant that features an oval bar, patio dining, a raw bar, and three private dining rooms. The Count Room inside brings a speakeasy bar with its own cocktail and food menus and vintage images from the Flamingo’s early days.
Location: 4439 W. Flamingo Road
The Players: Mitsuo Endo
Projected Opening: Middle of April 2020
Mitsuo Endo takes over the Tatsujin X space and converts it into Raku Toridokoro, a yakitori that focuses on chicken in the 1,200-square-foot space. Raku Toridokoro marks the third local outpost for the Raku team. Chinatown’s acclaimed Raku, the charcoal grill house that opened a new omakase room last summer, specializes in robata dishes. Endo opened the restaurant in 2008 and went on to earn five semifinalist nods from the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef Southwest from 2011 to 2015 and a semifinalist bid for Best New Restaurant in 2009. The highly inventive Sweets Raku debuted a short walk from Raku in 2013, continuing the reputation of the Seoul Plaza on Spring Mountain Road as a beacon of culinary creativity. A California expansion for the main restaurant to West Hollywood followed in 2015.
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Location: 1017 S. First St., Suite 180
The Players: Eduardo Cordova
Projected Opening: April
Eduardo Cordova, who opened Santos Guisados Tacos & Beer in Fremont East in February 2019, plans to open The Garden in the former Mingo Kitchen & Lounge space on First Street with small bites, sharable dishes, and a cocktail menu. Once open, the bar plans to add on a weekend brunch that Cordova says, “will not just be a drag brunch as we are bringing a few layers of entertainment.” Diners and drinkers enter through a garden patio before entering the main room with the bar. The non-smoking bar also plans to feature a wall with foliage, a water fountain, and flowers decorating one side.
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Location: Inside Majordomo Meat & Fish at the Palazzo
The Players: David Chang
Projected Opening: Unknown
Chef and Ugly Delicious host David Chang isn’t done with Las Vegas yet. His restaurant Majordomo Meat & Fish opened in late December at the Palazzo, and Moon Palace — his quick, casual place to grab Tastys, his ode to White Manna, the slider burger institution in New Jersey — debuted in January across from Majordomo. Chang plans to open a third restaurant dubbed Siberia inside Majordomo. The restaurant will serve “an all-you-can-eat combination of Brazilian grilling techniques and Korean marinades.”
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