Canter’s Deli out, Little Richie’s Chicago dogs in at TI

Goodbye pastrami sandwich, hello Chicago dog.

Canter's Deli at TI is closing on December 10, signaling the completion of the restaurant changeover at the still vaguely pirate-themed north strip property since Phil Ruffin took over in 2009.

Canter's, an offshoot of the iconic LA eatery that's been in business since 1931, is becoming a combination poker room and hot dog joint. Opening December 11, Little Richie’s Chicago Style Beef & Dogs will provide counter service for the relocated poker room, with a menu of Italian beef and sausage, Polish sausage, chili cheese dogs and of course, Chicago dogs. Little Richie’s will dish it up daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.

The seven-table poker room, now located near the race and sports book, opens daily at 11 a.m. and stays open until the last game is complete. Players can participate in $55 buy-in, no limit hold ‘em tournaments at 11 a.m., 2, 7 and 10 p.m., as well as house-funded $1,000 guaranteed tournaments daily at 2 and 10 p.m.

Canter's first opened at Treasure Island in 2003, serving up quintessential corned beef, pastrami, and other delights. It was pretty good stuff, though not as popular as New York's Carnegie Deli transplant next door at the Mirage. So if you're keeping score of TI restaurants: Canter's is now Little Richie's, the steakhouse is now Phil's Italian Steakhouse, Isla is now Seafood Shack, the Italian restaurant is now Gilley's, Khotan is now Señor Frog's, and Kahunaville is ... still there!

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