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Last week ended with a sneak peek at the newest restaurant at Monte Carlo. More specifically, a look at six draught cocktails from Yusho, a Strip-side, Japanese street-style food joint by way of Chicago. We'll get to the food in a moment. First, which of those $13 concoctions were our favorite?
This writer isn't a fan of gin at all (or tonic for that matter), but keeps searching for a gin-based cocktail that may change his mind. Yusho's Gin & Tonic has come the closest to turning my opinion, to date. The navy strength gin and housemade tonic combines for a rusty color that goes down fairly smooth and is a gin drink I'd return to. My favorite by far, however, was the Chuhai (Sudachi Shochu, Jasmine Tea, Citrus). Push aside your favorite summertime mojito, sangria and lemonade cocktail because the Chuhai is that perfect light-and-refreshing outdoor drink. It holds its own indoors as well.
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Straight out of Chicago, Yusho is the latest restaurant to call Monte Carlo home as the resort's Strip-facing exterior continues to evolve. The Japanese street-style fare offers plenty of things that make you go yummmm that we'll review next week. Today, we'll just get the weekend started with a quick peek at its cocktail program.
Chef/Owner Matthias Merges had already teased us that his bar program was going to "kill it" so we had to take that challenge during a restaurant preview last night. The menu features seven specialty cocktails ($15) and half a dozen draught cocktails ($13).
We saw the writing on the wall last year. Today, it's official. Sporting House is on the way out at New York-New York. The sports bar/restaurant will be replaced with not one but two new dining experiences, including an already familiar coming soon brand.
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The popular Chicago eatery will bring its Japanese street-style fare to the Strip beginning Friday, April 11. Yusho will be open for dinner only. A full menu has yet to be released, but highlights will include Charred Octopus, Marinated Eggplant Steam Buns, and 2x Fried Chicken. And, according to Twitter, we're going to love the bar:
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As the resident VegasChatter expert on dive bars and flophouses, this writer perked up at the opening of Double Barrel Roadhouse (DBR) at Monte Carlo. Marketing materials boasted of “the first authentic Roadhouse experience on the Strip” which immediately took me back to the classic Patrick Swayze vehicle, Roadhouse. Images of dusty wooden floors, a band of old guys jammin' Texas blues, and cheap beer (and cheaper women) popped into my head. The fact that this place sits Strip-side on extremely valuable property should have made me realize that wasn’t going to happen, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
DBR is owned and operated by sbe, the LA-based empire run by Sam Nazarian (named Hotelier of the Year by our sister site, HotelChatter). I was certainly skeptical that the company behind Hyde Bellagio could produce a legit roadhouse experience.
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It seems like only yesterday we were announcing Monte Carlo's new southern-themed Double Barrel Roadhouse. After a slight delay and a small construction fire, DBR (we can call it that, right?) has now been open for a week. As part of a media invite, this writer got to park my truck out back and sample the menu ahead of the convoy. Cue up the Jeff Healey Band's "Road House" soundtrack and let's get started.
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This year is shaping up to be a great one for those yearning for a taste of Chi-Town while in Vegas. In January, Al's Beef opened its first Vegas locale. And, come this April, another popular Chicago eatery, Yusho, will take its Japanese street-style fare to the Strip.
By Chef Matthias Merges, the eatery -- one of several new experiences headed to Monte Carlo -- is self-described as a "Japanese-inspired grill and noodle house." A menu will feature such selections as Charred Octopus, Marinated Eggplant Steam Buns, and 2x Fried Chicken.
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A press release went out earlier today setting the dining establishment's debut for March 7. Although, VC fans like Tim G. have known that an opening target date could be found on its website for a few days now. Double Barrel is hailing itself as the first "authentic" roadhouse experience on The Strip (take that, Coyote Ugly):
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Get ready to go green! We're less than a month from St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 17, and to say Vegas will be rocking would be an understatement. Cheap whiskey and green beer will be on the menu and most specials run not just on Monday, but throughout the entire weekend leading up to the official day.
We've compiled a list of special events already announced, but be sure to check back, though, as we will update it as more are announced.
New York-New York's annual Celtic Feis festival will take place March 15-17 and will features Irish bites from Nine Fine Irishmen, celebratory cocktails and live entertainment. The event is complimentary and open to guests 21 and over. Libations will include $10 cocktails, $7 domestic beers, $8 import beer and $7 shots.
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At Monte Carlo, the Strip-facing facade of Double Barrel Roadhouse continues to slowly take on the appearance of a self-described "old-world rustic barn saloon." From what we hear, a small overnight fire at the construction site earlier this month isn't really impacting a new opening timeline of March. Double Barrel had once hoped to debut before 2013's end.
The construction that's changing most of Monte Carlo's Strip-facing facade is the most obvious, but it's sounding like it's not the only part of the resort currently undergoing big changes.
A few weeks ago, we wondered what the heck was happening on the hotel's 29th floor. We weren't really sure, but it looked like the beginning of one swank renovation project. If you missed our post, here's a photo of a newly remodeled hall sent to us by VegasChatter fan @Stan1958: