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Former ‘Top Chef’ Contestant Plans to Open an Italian Restaurant at Tivoli Village

Bruce Kalman plans to open Scuola Vecchia with JBF finalist James Trees, plus Ada’s will return as a wine bar

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Two new restaurants head to Tivoli Village, one an Italian restaurant to replace Brio Tuscan Grille and a second, a wine and tapas restaurant to replace Ada’s.

Chef James Trees, a finalist for Best Chef Southwest from the James Beard Foundation, is behind both restaurants, which are owned by LEV Group.

The first brings a restaurant called Scuola Vecchia, Italian for old school, into the Brio space. LEV Group executive chef Bruce Kalman, who co-owns Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market in Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles and appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 15, takes over the kitchen with a focus on regional Italian dishes. Some of the menu items teased include chicken Parmigiana, braciole, and trofia Genovese, as well as a roster of rotisserie meats.

The restaurant plans to open this fall.

Brio Tuscan Grille decided to close, but the location at Town Square remains open.

Ada’s, the Italian restaurant from Trees at Tivoli Village, converts into wine and tapas restaurant, Ada’s Wine Bar.

The former Hamptons location at Tivoli Village that closed already has a new lounge slated to take over the space. El Dorado Cantina plans to open the Lounge at El Dorado in late summer or early fall in the neighboring space adjoined by a courtyard.

Hamptons, the modern American restaurant from Newport Beach, California’s Wild Thyme Restaurant Group, decided not to renew its lease at Tivoli Village. Hamptons originally opened in 2017.

Tivoli Village also plans to offer SeaBream, chef Jill Martinez-Montinola’s new seafood restaurant, soon, while Mr. Galbi, a Korean barbecue opens in a new space sometime in 2020.

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400 S. Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89145 Visit Website

Tivoli Village

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

Town Square

6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 269-5000 Visit Website


440 South Rampart Boulevard, , NV 89145 (702) 916-1482 Visit Website


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Scuola Vecchia

420 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

El Dorado Cantina

430 South Rampart Boulevard, , NV 89145 (702) 333-1112 Visit Website

Brio Tuscan Grille

420 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145 (702) 433-1233 Visit Website

Ada’s Wine Bar

410 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV