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Quick Bites: Kim Canteenwalla, Marc Marrone, Pinkbox Doughnuts and more Vegas food news

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Chef Kim Canteenwalla appears on the red carpet before the Vegas Uncork’d Grand Tasting Friday, April 29, 2016, at Caesars Palace.
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So Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opened in fairly grand fashion last week on March 25, but which restaurants are already open there? The lineup so far includes the Kitchen at Commons Club, the Funny Library coffee shop, Casa Calavera, One Steakhouse, Night + Market, Nobu and Pizza Forte. Coming next month are Afters Ice Cream and Kassi Beach House, and May will bring Todd English’s Olives and Money, Baby!

In case you missed it, the Cosmopolitan confirmed the closing of Rose.Rabbit.Lie. last week. The supper club made its debut in 2013 as an innovative culinary partner to Spiegelworld’s Vegas Nocturne show in the connected space on the Cosmo’s second level and though it changed management and operations a bit when the show closed, it continued to serve imaginative cuisine and live entertainment until its closure. “Looking ahead, we remain steadfast in our ongoing commitment to delivering dynamic, first-to-market restaurant concepts to our guests. We look forward to unveiling an exciting new culinary destination created in collaboration with our partners at Spiegelworld in the near future,” says a statement from the resort. Spiegelworld producer Ross Mollison said last week that he plans to reopen the current show in the space, Opium, at the same time as the renovated restaurant.

Kim Canteenwalla of Honey Salt and other Las Vegas restaurant projects will pop up at the Vegas Test Kitchen this week to kick off a series of events featuring two different concepts: Play Dough, serving pierogies, pastries, pies and more; and Picks, Sticks & Fingers, focused on global skewers and finger foods. The first event is set for Wednesday, March 31, from 4 to 9 p.m., and Canteenwalla’s takeovers will continue on Wednesdays through April 21. Tickets are available through secretburger.com.

Marc Marrone, the chef behind Graffiti Bao, Gemma Gemma Pizza and other local restaurant concepts, has been hired as culinary consultant for the Dream Hotel & Residencies in Doha, Qatar, set to open in early 2022. Marrone will oversee menu development, concepting and execution of the signature restaurant anchoring the boutique property’s dining and nightlife program. “Having worked with the Dream team previously in Hollywood, I jumped at the opportunity to lead culinary efforts at Dream Doha and continue to be a part of their culture for this monumental project,” Marrone said. “Doha is a magical city with a very discerning audience and one that’s poised to capture global attention as host of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.” Marrone has been busy in Salt Lake City lately with the launch of the HallPass food hall concept, and also recently announced his Italian Graffiti concept will be coming to SLC as well.

Jing at Downtown Summerlin is set to launch Sunday brunch on April 11. Executive Chef Thomas Griese’s brunch selections include lobster eggs Benedict, honey French toast, New York steak and eggs and avocado toast, available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant’s regular menu will also be available all day Sundays.

Pinbox Doughnuts will open its first-ever drive-thru location on April 10 at 3990 E. Sunset Road, at the corner of Sunset and Annie Oakley. The grand-opening party will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring a live DJ, photo booth, airbrush tattoos, a doughnut eating contest and more. The first 100 guests will receive a limited-edition Pinkbox T-shirt, and the first-ever Pinkbox food truck will also be on display. There are three other locations in Las Vegas, all open 24 hours.

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