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Want to Own a Diner? Dapper Cos. Is Giving One Away in the Historic Huntridge Shopping Center

Chefs and restaurateurs can send in business plans and menus for a shot at winning the restaurant

A neon sign that says Huntridge Center
The Huntridge.
Dapper Cos.

Here’s a pretty cool deal. Dapper Cos.’ J Dapper laments the lack of 24-hour diners, coffee shops, and delis, so he’s building one and giving it away as part of a contest. Dapper already built the nearly 3,000-square-foot coffee shop, diner, or delicatessen in the historic Huntridge Shopping Center on Charleston Boulevard in Downtown Las Vegas outfitting it with furniture, fixtures, equipment, branding, signs, and even a marketing plan. Dapper estimates the cost to build out and brand the endeavor is more than $950,000 in goods and services.

So Dapper is inviting chefs and restaurateurs to send in a business plan with a sample menu, photos of potential dishes, and bios on the people involved and their experience.

Competitors then present their ideas.

Then five finalists cook at Vegas Test Kitchen, presenting their dishes to a panel of judges, including Carson Kitchen’s Cory Harwell, John Simmons of Firefly and Tacos & Beer, and Marc Marrone at Graffiti Bao and SkinnyFats. A winner is named on April 5.

The deadline for entries is February 1, 2022. To enter, head online.


3824 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169 (702) 369-3971 Visit Website

Vegas Test Kitchen

1020 East Fremont Street, , NV 89101 (725) 251-2090 Visit Website


3700 McKinney Avenue, , TX 75204 (214) 774-9951 Visit Website

Carson Kitchen

124 South 6th Street, , NV 89101 (702) 473-9523 Visit Website

Tacos & Beer

1622 Saint Charles Avenue, , LA 70130 (504) 304-8722

Graffiti Bao

7355 South Buffalo Drive, , NV 89113 (702) 323-6033 Visit Website

Huntridge Shopping Center

1120 East Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104