Get ready for some big restaurant openings this fall in Las Vegas. Even though the calendar changes over to the fall equinox on Wednesday, September 22, the first of a handful of mammoth new restaurants gets ready to open on September 16, bringing coastal Mexican fare to the Strip, followed by elevated American dishes in Downtown Las Vegas and psychedelic Italian-American dishes as a side show to Opium, and a sports bar with Philadelphia roots. Here, new opening dates for four of the nine biggest restaurant openings this fall.
Casa Playa, the coastal Mexican restaurant at Encore Las Vegas, opens on Thursday, September 16. A restaurant with a playful vibe features executive chef Sarah Thompson serving her own menu, while Wynn resort mixologist Mariena Mercer Boarini created the daring cocktails and assistant general manager and agave expert Noah Arenstein curated the robust mezcal and tequila collection. The menu takes its inspiration from the grilled seafood found at hidden playacitas along the Mexican shoreline. Thompson calls her menu a “culinary adventure,” where she tried to balance creativity with tradition.
Peyote from Ryan Doherty and his company Corner Bar Management plans to open a desert respite with retro charm serving elevated American dishes in the former La Monja space at Fergusons Downtown on Friday, September 24. Doherty describes Peyote as “a little dreamy watering hole on top of being a restaurant. We’re not going to be doing what we normally do,” he says, saying food take precedence over the deejay- and music-driven bars he owns. After the dinner crowds, he says the restaurant converts more of a lounge vibe. A menu of heirloom tomato summer squash tart; mini shrimp toast topped with wild smoked salmon roe; American country ham on toast served with tangy pickled mustard seed, carrot aioli, and wild arugula topped with red eye gravy; and beet tartare comes from Main St. Provisions’s Kim Owens and Justin Kingsley Hall.
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Spiegelworld, the production company behind Absinthe, Atomic Saloon Show, and Opium, opens Superfrico at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on September 24 with dining and drinks next to the Opium Theatre in the former Rose. Rabbit. Lie. space. Superfrico plans to offer dining all night in a space where anything goes, serving cuisine dubbed “Italian American psychedelic.” That translates into pizzas, pasta dishes, steaks, seafood, small plates, signature desserts, and “late-night finales.” Cocktails available as bottled cocktail flasks as well as small batch beverages are sold from Superfrico’s on-site Bottle-O retail store. The restaurant gets divided into themed bars, lounges, and dining rooms that blend the lines between the show and the restaurant. Performers come and go from their dressing rooms to the Opium Theatre through Superfrico’s kitchen and dining rooms.
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Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar debuts its first expansion to the western United States on October 6. The Philadelphia-based chain moves into the former Umami Burger space at the Sahara Las Vegas with two bars, fireplaces, room for a DJ, plus a William Hill Sports Book. Diners can expect a self-described “elevated bar cuisine” menu, featuring chowders, cheesesteaks, a white pie topped with lobster meat, crabs, mussels, and chicken wings. The brand’s most famous dish, the trademarked crabfries, features a portion of crinkle-cut French fries sprinkled with crab-infused spices and served with creamy white cheese sauce.