We’ve been writing about a Downtown food boom for a few years now, but the original Las Vegas neighborhood is blowing up now like never before. In the coming months, the recently opened Carson Kitchen eatery and Grass Roots juice bar in the renovated John E. Carson hotel will be joined by Bocho, a sushi joint from Le Thai owner Dan Coughlin and the owners of what was Coughlin’s favorite sushi spot in town—Jimmy and Becky Chun from Tokyo Japanese restaurant. Like Kerry Simon's Carson Kitchen spot, Bocho will be spread over two stories; Look for a fall opening.
One block away at Carson and Seventh streets, three more new restaurants are coming: Zydeco Po-Boys, a Cajun concept by chef Brandon Trahan; vegan chef Donald Lemperle’s Vegenation; and former Green Valley Ranch chef Bradley Manchester’s Glutton, focused on seasonal cuisine prepared by natural cooking methods like wood-roasted meats.
And slated for possible late-September arrivals are Downtown Project ventures the Market, the long-anticipated neighborhood grocer on Fremont Street across from the El Cortez, and the Perch, the second-story restaurant overlooking the stage at Container Park.
New eats are coming to the suburbs, too, as the District at Green Valley Ranch is making some moves. Lyfe Kitchen just opened, and coming soon are Luna Rossa Italian restaurant, gourmet specialty store Oil and Vine, wine-while-you-paint spot Pinot’s Palette, London-inspired pub Due & Proper and small plates and craft cocktail hub Whist Stove & Spirits.
Moving back Downtown, O Face Doughnuts chef Crystal Whitford has created a specialty doughnut menu—think about fillings like peach cream cheese and doughnuts like barbecue pulled pork-filled kolaches—to pair with beers supplied by Container Park’s Bin 702 for a special event dubbed D’OHnut, set for July 30 at 7:30 at Bin 702. Since Homer would lose his mind over this multi-course pairing, of course The Simpsons Movie will be playing on the Lawn at Container Park after the meal. Tickets are $25 and are available online at Eventbrite.
Tasty specials are happening at Downtown 3rd. The Commissary has extended its 99-cent Taco Tuesday special, meaning you can get 99-cent brisket, chicken, or bean and cheese tacos every day. (Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) A few doors down at Triple George Grill, a new prix-fixe lunch menu offers a half-sandwich, soup or salad, a side dish and dessert for $15.99. And across the street at Downtown Grand’s Art Bar, a new menu of small bites, appetizers and sandwiches ($7-$12) are available at half-off from 5 to 7 p.m. every day.
Sprouts Farmers Market continues its quick expansion by opening its fifth local store on July 30 at 10000 W. Sahara Ave. Muffin and coffee samples will be served to everyone who attends the store’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7 a.m., and the first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20 percent off their total purchase.