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Chica set to join Yardbird at Venetian

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Expect diverse Latin flavors at Chica.

F&B changes continue at the Venetian, where Sugarcane just arrived, the Dorsey is on its way and just announced to take the space of DB Brasserie is Chica, a new Latin culinary concept from 50 Eggs founder John Kunkel. Chica will debut in early 2017 right next to sister restaurant Yardbird.

“Living in Miami the past 20 years, I have been surrounded by so many amazing representations of Latin cuisine,” Kunkel says. “I can’t wait for the Las Vegas market to experience this new concept.”

The menu has been co-created by Top Chef Masters contestant and one-time Taco Bell pitchwoman Lorena Garcia, who plans to take Chica “back to the roots of cooking and showcase the process through a more simplistic, ethereal approach.” Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Chica is set to serve cuisine with influences including Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. Expect dishes like ceviche; sweet plantains with pickled onions; rotisserie chicken with spicy mango sauce on cheesy telitas flatbread; and arepas and tamales made fresh throughout the day.

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Brock Radke is Las Vegas Weekly's managing editor and has been writing about Las Vegas for more than 15 years.

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