One of the biggest trends in dining during the pandemic came in the form of ghost kitchens, those virtual restaurants that offer delivery-only dishes and meals. Diners can’t walk in and order and none offer a dining room. Robert Earl of Planet Hollywood fame went big with ghost kitchens, turning to celebrities such as singer Mariah Carey, rapper Tyga, and Mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri to add cookies, chicken bites, and sandwiches, all created inside restaurants he owns such as Brio and Boca di Beppo.
Now a local restaurant plans to reveal its own 8,000 square-foot virtual restaurant with four different cuisines this summer at The Plug that plans to include a market at the back of Blume Kitchen & Cocktails in Henderson.
Executive chef and partner of The Stove Antonio Nunez plans to open the ghost kitchen with chef Lanny Chin, who has Slurp Society at Vegas Test Kitchen, the restaurant incubator in Downtown Las Vegas, a third unnamed chef, and Daniel Hackett, the owner and operator of Blume Kitchen & Cocktails.
So far, The Plug says it will offer Mexican, American, Asian, and Indian cuisines available via third-party delivery apps.
Nunez, for example, says he will bring some dishes from The Stove as well as Mexican menu items including empanadas, tacos al pastor, and potatoes rajas. Chin plans to offer his ramen dishes from Slurp Society and perhaps some menu items influenced by his time at The Slanted Door, the Vietnamese restaurant that only briefly opened at the Forum Shops at Caesars before the pandemic hit.
Next door, the group plans to open a 2,000-square-foot fast-casual marketplace with made-to-order coffees, artisanal sandwiches, charcuterie boards, beer, and wine.
Both open in the next 90 days. The Plug is located at 3145 St. Rose Parkway, Suite 110, in Henderson, and will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The ghost kitchen’s hours of operations are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and will service the greater Henderson and Las Vegas areas.
Update March 25: Lanny Chin is no longer involved in this project.