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Dining News & Notes: Summerlin gets Wolfgang Puck and Wiener’s Circle

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Wolfgang Puck signs copies of his newly released cookbook “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life,” on April 9 at his restaurant Spago at the Forum Shops.
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Wolfgang Puck will extend his Las Vegas restaurant group off the Strip this fall with Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill at Downtown Summerlin. The new restaurant at the new shopping and entertainment complex adjacent to the Red Rock Resort will serve lunch and dinner, featuring Puck’s signature salads, sandwiches, seafood, pasta and pizzas. The 200-seat restaurant is being designed by EDG, which completed the redesign of Puck’s Spago at the Forum Shops.

Famed Chicago hot dog stand the Wiener’s Circle will open in Las Vegas this summer with locations near the sports books at Station Casinos’ Red Rock Resort and Santa Fe Station. The 31-year-old landmark will offer its authentic Chicago-style char-grilled dogs and burgers, fresh-cut fries and shakes in addition to special Vegas-only menu items like a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich inside a fried doughnut. The Red Rock spot should open in early June while the Santa Fe location arrives later this summer.

In other Station food news, Palace Station will soon add Little Tony’s, an Italian trattoria and pizzeria by Tony Gemignani, who opened Las Vegas’ first Pizza Rock restaurant Downtown last year and is working on pizza restaurants at Green Valley Ranch Resort as well. Palace Station is also opening a second Charcoal Room steakhouse in June—the original is at Santa Fe Station—and the Sahara Avenue casino also recently completed renovations to the Oyster Bar.

Now open at the Shoppes at Palazzo is the first mainland store by Honolulu Cookie Company. The company has been making its premium shortbread cookies in flavors like Kona coffee, pineapple, mango and macadamia nut since 1998 and operates multiple stores on the Hawaiian Islands; the first international store will open in South Korea later this year. A second Las Vegas store also is in the works.

The Cure burger at Distill blends beef with pork, plus fontina cheese, jalapeño jelly, spicy mayo and fried parsnips.

Local bars Elixir in Green Valley and Distill in Summerlin will celebrate National Burger Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 28 with a free gourmet burger for anyone with a variation of “ham” or “burger” in their legal name. The company also is set to open a second location of Distill in July in Southern Highlands, on Decatur Boulevard just south of Silverado Ranch Boulevard.

Alizé at the Palms and Sonoma County’s Bec Fin wines will partner for a seven-course pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. June 1. Winemaker Jessie Katz of Chalk Hill and Lancaster Estates wineries will be on hand to collaborate with chefs Mark Purdy and Tammy Alana. Tickets are $155 and available by calling 951-7000.

Cosmopolitan’s steakhouse STK will celebrate its third anniversary with a “Vintage Vegas Affair” hosted by Claire Sinclair at 9:30 p.m. June 2. The event includes table games, live entertainment from Vegas showgirls and a burlesque performer, a Moet-Hennessy-sponsored bar and an array of passed appetizers from chef Stephen Hopcraft.

Aureole at Mandalay Bay will partner with Australian wine producer Penfolds for a pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. June 5. A six-course meal by chefs Vincent Poussel and Megan Bringas will complement wines selected by Mandalay Bay director of wine Harley Carbery and Penfolds ambassador DLynn Proctor. Tickets are $225 and available by calling 632-7401.

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