Three celebrities have opened their bars and restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. At Caesars Palace, chef Bobby Flay celebrates all things French fry at Brasserie B. Chef Michael Mina debuts his new Mediterranean restaurant at the Mandalay Bay on January 16. And Blake Shelton has opened the doors to his sprawling country music bar, Ole Red.
The country star’s Las Vegas Strip honky tonk is now open. The four-story country bar boasts a nightly lineup of country music, a hybrid of dance floors and seating for dining from lunch to late-night, and a rooftop that may have the best view in the city. Ole Red is located in a brand-new building right on Las Vegas Boulevard, in front of the Horseshoe Casino. Each of its four floors offers its own experience, with a stage at the center of the ground floor and a second floor that overlooks the stage and the 38-foot-tall LED screen behind it. The third floor has two balconies, one over the Grand Bazaar Shops and another facing the Fountains at Bellagio. The fourth floor, the rooftop, hosts VIP experiences with its own menu, semi-private seating, and panoramic views that offer sightlines from the Mandalay Bay at the south end of the Strip to the Mirage at the north end.
The menu has items from Ole Red’s locations in Tennessee, Florida, and Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. And chef Mark Boor spent months developing a further 17 dishes unique to Las Vegas, including loaded tater tots, shrimp corn dogs, and blackberry crispy chicken sliders. Ole Red can seat about 670 people, or offer standing room for more than 1,100. And its calendar is already booked with two to four bands and DJs performing nightly. It’s an exciting opening for country music fans in Las Vegas, for whom there doesn’t exist a ton of options beyond Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Town Square. Shelton’s Ole Red is going all-in on the country theme with a bar straight out of Nashville, a lineup of country music, and a venue that’s as glamorous as any other on-Strip nightclub — but with a dance floor for line-dancing and boot-stomping. Ole Red (3627 Las Vegas Boulevard) is open daily from 11 a.m. until midnight or later.
Award-winning chef Bobby Flay is now serving brunch, lunch, and dinner at his French restaurant, Brasserie B, inside Caesars Palace. Here, Flay focuses his attention on seafood and French fries. “One of the things that makes people smile mostly about good brasseries are French fries,” Flay told People in May. “We’re going to have basically an entire section of the kitchen dedicated to making Parisian-style French fries in the classic way because they literally take two days to make from scratch.”
The menu highlights options like lobster grilled with roasted garlic and lemon butter and a ribeye with a spicy and sweet glaze and chile butter — both served with fries. The brunch menu features dishes like the eggs royale, an eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and lemon chive hollandaise. Brasserie B by Bobby Flay (3570 Las Vegas Boulevard) is adjacent to Amalfi by Bobby Flay and Montecristo Cigar Bar inside Caesars Palace. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for brunch and 4:30 to 10 p.m. for dinner.
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina opens his highly anticipated Orla today. His new restaurant at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino takes inspiration from Greece, Egypt, and the surrounding Mediterranean regions. Located in the space that used to be Hubert Keller’s Fleur, Orla features a seafood-centric menu in a redesigned space.
Mina’s menu features an urfa-dusted big eye tuna with crispy falafel and whipped tahini with spicy Persian cucumber, a chilled lobster salad with avocado, mango, and saffron, and a modern spin on the Egyptian Alexandra fish fry — with lightly fried white fish in a chickpea spice crust with slaw. Mina also has a Mediterranean dish of gnudi and lamb meatballs with dates and lamb chops marinaded in harissa and served on a spread of fava beans and black-lime yogurt. Orla (3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard) is open 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.