Dining News & Notes: Hachi shutters, Uncork’d adds events, and more

Hope you got a taste of Hachi’s tuna flatbread while it lasted. The Red Rock’s Japanese restaurant is gone for good.

Red Rock Resort closed the doors on its modern Japanese restaurant Hachi on February 28. A statement from Station Casinos explained the change is just part of regular refreshment of dining and entertainment options at the resort, and a new restaurant concept will take its place. Red Rock also recently closed the LBS Burger Joint, a restaurant operated by Block 16 Hospitality, and has yet to announce what will take the place of that venue.

Chef Giada De Laurentiis.

Chef Giada De Laurentiis.

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit just added eight new events to the lineup for the May 8-11 mega-foodfest, bringing the total number to 31. Among the new stuff is a collaborative dinner hosted by Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis, a Master Series Dinner with Gordon Ramsay, and a lunch at Michelin-starred Bouchon with Thomas Keller. Also announced: the headlining chefs for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge, set for May 8 during the Night Market event at Venetian, will be Mario Batali and Buddy Valastro. Culinary students will compete with the chefs for a $20,000 scholarship. For info and tickets to all available Uncork’d events, visit vegasuncorked.com.

The new House House A Go Go at Rio is hosting an entertainer charity pancake challenge throughout the month of March. Three specialty pancake dishes are on the menu: honey-orange juice pancakes from Penn & Teller; mint chocolate chip, M&Ms and sprinkles pancakes from Chippendales; and red flapjacks with whipped cream and sugar glitter conceived by X Rocks. The most popular dish—they’re all $11.99—of the month will be declared the winner, and $1 from each of the celebrity pancake dishes sold will be donated to the respective charity, either Opportunity Village, American Cancer Society or Fight MSA.

A second benefit dinner for Las Vegas food writer Max Jacobson is set for March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Tacos & Tequila at Luxor. All proceeds from the cocktail mixer and dinner will go to benefit Jacobson’s family. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling 735-8322. Jacobson, critically injured when struck by a car just before Christmas, continues to make incredible progress; he’s moving his arms and legs, eating solid foods and speaking softly. A move out of the hospital and into a physical rehabilitation center could be in the near future.

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro will partner with Stone Brewing Co. for a craft beer pairing dinner on March 13 at 7 p.m. for $65. Stone brand ambassador Jon Gula and Morels executive chef J.L. Carrera will collaborate for four courses including cave-aged Marisa sheep milk cheese with date and walnut cake with Stone IPA, and steak frites with Oaked Arrogant Bastard. For reservations, call 607-6333.

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