Resorts World restaurants offer a wide range of cuisines, prices
The last time Bart Mahoney opened a casino was in 2009, and he remembers it as from a simpler time.
“You stumbled upon a steakhouse,” he said, “you stumbled upon Italian; you have just started ticking ‘boxes to find the desired mix of restaurants for a new resort.
Things have certainly changed. As vice president of food and beverage for Resorts World, Mahoney oversees the opening of more than 40 restaurants and bars there. And, as you might expect, they are much more than a steakhouse, an Italian restaurant and a cafe.
“We have put together a dining program that is diverse enough to cater for all cuisines and all prices for our customers,” said Mahoney. The idea, he said, is to have places that are comfortable destinations for guests wearing the latest designer clothes, or for those walking around in T-shirts and flip flops.
Wally’s Wine & Spirits can crystallize all aspects of this mission. A Los Angeles standard for decades, it’s a wine shop with a range of vintages ranging from the good but perhaps little-known to the well-known and high-priced. It also has a gourmet market with products such as cheeses and cold cuts, for those who want to go it alone. And there will be a restaurant; Santa Monica Wally’s offers a menu featuring imported burrata with Japanese tomatoes and grilled hibiscus duck breast with cherry wood smoked duck liver and a crispy candied thigh.
At the elegant end of the Resorts World spectrum will be the Genting Palace, modeled after a “culinary gem” established in 1965 by the Genting Group, which will specialize in Cantonese cuisine and dim sum.
“We’re aiming for a four or five star restaurant there; that’s our goal, ”said Mahoney. “The best of the best.”
And at the lower end – but by no means at the bottom of the ladder – is the Famous Foods Street Eats food court, which will be adjacent to the casino floor but will benefit from plenty of natural light due to its entrance. from the north side of the property. The 24,000 square foot space will have 640 seats and a patio and will be centered by a rotating work of art.
Famous Foods, Mahoney said, will have 16 stalls, including Streetbird by James Beard Award winner Marcus Samuelsson, Mozz Bar by James Trees of Esther’s Kitchen, Blood Bros. BBQ from Houston, Geylang Claypot Rice from Singapore and Fuhu Shack (an offshoot of Fuhu Bar & Restaurant, which will open with Ayu Dayclub on July 1, serving Peking Duck burritos. There is also a do-it-yourself bar with 24 beers, six cocktails and six wines by the glass and, yes, a sweatshop – practically a requirement in Las Vegas casinos these days. To access it, you walk into a particular retail store, push a shelf and you’re there. .
In between are establishments such as Dawg House Saloon & Sportsbook, which Mahoney describes as “bookmaker meets restaurant meets sports bar meets entertainment venue with live stage.” He said the doors that provide access to the complex’s theater will automatically open at the end of a performance.
Other lounges include Starlight on 66, on the 66th floor, and Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge, with a champagne collection and craft cocktails.
Other restaurants include Brezza, an Italian eatery from longtime local chef Nicole Brisson and her business partner Jason Rocheleau (and the adjacent Bar Zazu, to follow later); Long live! Esquire Magazine’s Chef of the Year, Ray Garcia, offering modern Mexican cuisine; Kusa Nori, serving sushi and teppanyaki; and Marigold de Las Vegan Billy Richardson, whose restaurants include Holsteins Shakes and Buns, serving American fare such as burgers and lobster.
“I think it’s funny that we have local chefs like Nicole Brisson, Marcus Samuelsson and Ray Garcia” represented in the collection, Mahoney said.
Well, many more. Richie Palmer’s Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills is slated to open in the fall and Carversteak in December.
“It will be Old Vegas, like Scott is trying to do with the entire service component,” Mahoney said of the latter, referring to Resorts World president Scott Sibella. “Bring old Vegas back to new Vegas – treat the guest like they’re your friend. We kind of lost that in this town, and we’re hoping to get it back here.
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