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Resorts World announces more options for eating and drinking

Resorts World has unveiled more details on its food and drink lineup, announcing more than a dozen new restaurants and bars.

The hotel, which is slated to open this summer, adds Mexican, Italian, Cantonese and Japanese cuisine, a vegan ice cream restaurant, and a popular Nashville honky-tonk to its growing list of amenities.

Among the newly announced chefs that will be featured on the property are a local finalist James Beard and an Esquire Chef of the Year.

One of the highlights for lovers of local cuisine will undoubtedly be the return of James Beard Award semi-finalist Nicole Brisson to the Strip. The chef, who ran all of Mario Batali’s local restaurants and oversaw the opening of the Las Vegas Eataly before leaving the Strip to open Locale in Mountain’s Edge, will work with former Mina Group vice president Jason Rocheleau on two new concepts.

“I’m super excited to be back on the Strip,” Brisson said of his return to Las Vegas Boulevard. “I feel like I’m coming home again.

The first of Brisson’s two Resorts World concepts will be Brezza, a 300-seat restaurant with a patio overlooking the Strip and the newly expanded convention center. The restaurant will specialize in upscale, modern Italian cuisine and premium steaks, seafood and chops cooked on a white oak grill.

“We take really, really great, simple ingredients, and we keep their integrity,” the chef said of Brezza’s cuisine. “It will be clean, fresh, handmade pasta that you’ve seen in my repertoire for so many years, but light. … Not the red sauce (and) the cumbersome, endless plates of pasta. But more like that light primi, then you step into a nice, well-organized secondi and end it with an amaro after dinner, and you have the all-encompassing experience. But then if you also want to just pop in and have a really light salad and quick pasta, you can have that experience as well.

Brisson’s second collaboration with Rocheleau will be Bar Zazu, described as a “dynamic and chic café” which will offer hot and cold tapas, cold meats and sweet and savory pastries. Guests can wash them with their choice of beer, cocktail or wine by the glass, bottle or plane.

Mexican food lovers will want to experience ¡Viva! by Ray Garcia, Esquire Magazine Chef of the Year 2015. Known for his Los Angeles restaurants, Broken Spanish and BS Taqueria, Garcia will bring a modern twist to regional Mexican cuisine at the new hotel.

On the Asian side, the resort will add a pair of seating options to a portfolio that already includes the Famous Foods Street Eats dining hall. The Genting Palace will focus on Cantonese cuisine, seafood and dim sum. Kusa Nori, described as a “modern Japanese bistro”, will specialize in sushi, teppanyaki and yakitori.

While these five seats complement the hotel’s iconic restaurants, the company has also released some details about the resort’s casual dining options, including several imports from other markets.

Famous Los Angeles ice cream brand Craig’s Vegan will offer plant-based pints, sundaes and shakes at its first-ever scoop shop. Tacos El Cabrón de San Diego will offer its Mexican street food inspired by Tijuana in a “trendy and relaxed setting”. And New York pizza is coming to the resort via Southern California, in the form of Richie Palmer’s Mulberry Street Pizzeria from Beverly Hills.

Among local casual eateries, local restaurateur Billy Richardson created a concept called Marigold, specializing in American staples such as burgers, lobsters, and homemade desserts. Sun’s Out Buns Out will demonstrate that eggs aren’t just for breakfast. The Market Eat & Drinks will offer snacks to go 24/7. And the hotel’s three-meal restaurant will be known simply as The Kitchen at Resorts World. By the pool you will find Mediterranean dishes and grilled seafood at the Agave Bar & Grill and a snack bar known as Bites.

The company also revealed details of a few other bars on the property. Nashville, TN, favorite Dawg House Saloon will feature Southern pub food and drinks, as well as live music and dancing at the Resorts World sports betting center.

Starlight on 66 will provide an elevated cocktail experience on the 66th floor of the hotel. And the sophisticated Crystal Bar will take center stage on the casino floor.

All of these newly announced food and drink options join a culinary lineup that includes the previously announced Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge and a local Wally’s Wine & Spirits outpost in California.

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