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Paella Specialist Valencian Gold Pivots to Bagels During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The restaurant starts serving bagels on April 2, with a deal to send a dozen to first responders

Bagels from Valencian Gold
Bagels from Valencian Gold
Jess Mijares

Valencian Gold, the fast-casual paella restaurant from Jeffrey Weiss and Paras Shah that opened last summer, closed temporarily for a renovation and menu retool on March 7, and now the duo pivots to offer bagels and bialys, a traditional small roll that is popular in the Polish Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine.

“Since closing for the refurbishment of Valencian Gold, we’ve been looking for a way to help our local community and provide some kind of simple comfort food,” Weiss says. “At the same time, we noticed that bagels and bread are in short supply in stores, so we had the idea to bring a taste of Queens to Las Vegas, especially since we both lived in Queens for years and it’s where Paras was born and raised.”

The duo has been baking bagels for a few months for the restaurant team.

Valencian Gold starts selling bagels on April 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until their supply sells out. Options include plain, everything, sesame, and egg bagels for $2.50 each, with spreads ranging from cream cheese and strawberry jelly to peanut butter and vegan tofu for an additional $1. Customers can also order a dozen bagels with two spreads for $26 that can be donated the next day to a local first responders organization.

Down the line, Valencian Gold plans to offer a New York kaiser roll with bacon, egg, and cheese; a bagel dog; and a pizza bagel.

Diners can order delivery through Postmates, or pickup bagels curbside by calling 702-776-7707 or emailing

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