Station Casinos has announced a $35 million renovation project that will bring four new restaurants to its flagship property, Summerlin’s Red Rock Resort. Construction and development is underway with completion set for the fourth quarter of this year. New food will come from Mercadito, a Mexican restaurant concept from Chicago; a small plates concept from Light Group; a new contemporary Italian restaurant replacing the existing Terra Rossa; and a noodle bar concept. The new venues will be built along Red Rock’s Charleston Boulevard entrance complete with outdoor entrances and patios, and the project also includes a new parking section and public drop-off area off Summerlin Center Drive with a connector to the Shops at Summerlin, the new mall under construction adjacent to the resort.
The Back of House Brawl returns to Tommy Rockers, 4275 Dean Martin Drive, this weekend, with a chef battle and bartender “cock fight” set for April 19. Naked City Pizza Shop chef Chris Palmeri will be duking it out with Aquaknox chef Steve Aguglia. The food truck lineup includes Wa Da Pho, Sin City Dogs, Robo Duck and Sully’s Taste of Chicago. Trucks start serving at 10 p.m. and the fights begin at 1 a.m.
Las Vegas was already eagerly awaiting the arrival of Shake Shack, the burger joint from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group set to land at New York-New York late this year. MGM Resorts recently announced it will be joined by Tom’s Urban, a 24-hour modern American restaurant by Tom Ryan. Tom’s began in Denver and recently opened a SoCal location at LA Live. Its menu offers dishes like butter poached lobster and shrimp tacos, crispy duck wings and bratwurst breakfast sliders. Both restaurants are scheduled to open in December in the space currently occupied by the Sporting House, which will close June 3.
When the Las Vegas Foodie Fest returns on April 24-27, it will be at a new venue. The lot across from Luxor on the Strip is the massive food truck festival’s new home. This version of the event will feature more than 50 trucks and vendors from across the country in addition to celebrity trucks from the Food Network, History Channel, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel and representation from MGM Resorts chefs and restaurants. And yes, White Castle will be back. For more information, visit lasvegasfoodiefest.com.
To celebrate its opening at the Linq, Ghirardelli is offering its special High Roller Sundae ($10.25) through the end of May, three scoops of vanilla ice scream topped with three kind of fudge, Ghirardelli chocolate sauce, whipped cream, almonds and a cherry.
Chef shuffles: Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio at Venetian announced Mark Andelbradt as executive chef. The Chicago native has worked in Hong Kong and Italy and with acclaimed chefs Rick Tramonto, Gale Gand, Daniel Boulud and Masaharu Morimoto. And F.A.M.E., the two-story Asian restaurant and night market-style food court coming soon to the Linq, announced Bryan Emperor as executive chef. Emperor was inspired to become a chef while traveling in Asia. His Kalu Asian Kitchen in North Carolina was named a Best New Restaurant by Esquire in 2011.
Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Hotel just launched a new Sunday brunch, with signature items including machaca deviled eggs, lobster quesadillas, pollo churrasco skewers, goat cheese enchiladas and chicken and waffles. The unlimited brunch menu, available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, is $24.99, with bottomless mimosas or “donkey punch” for $9.99.
The Palazzo’s Table 10 restaurant has launched its Sunday Supper Gulf Clam Bake, a rotating menu of in-season seafood such as Louisiana blue crab, octopus salad, mussels and clams baked with Spanish chorizo and chilled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Side dishes include bacon and onion green beans, Creole roasted red potatoes and homemade bread. The Sunday supper is served from 5 to 10 p.m. for $49.
There’s a new happy hour menu at Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Place, available at the bar and lounge area nightly 5-6 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight. Food specials include oysters on the half shell ($2 each), Rx guacamole with big ass chips ($6), chicken pot pie nuggets ($6) and bacon wrapped bacon-n-egg ($6). Drink specials include the Chopin Wheat Martini ($8) in addition to well cocktails for $6 and craft beers for $5.
Panevino, the power lunch Italian stronghold at 246 Via Antonio Ave. just off Sunset Road, has added new dishes to its vegan menu, including grilled vegetable lasagna ($26), organic whole wheat spaghetti Mediterranean ($25), organic brown rice mushroom and pesto risotto ($28), and meatless “meatloaf” and mashed potatoes ($28). The restaurant has also introduced new plant-based sauces and dressings.