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Exciting New Restaurants Debut at the Rio

by R.H. Duke

Five new award-winning restaurants and nightclub/bar concepts add familiar names to the food and beverage venues at the Rio. These award-winning additions, when fully opened, will compliment the existing entertainment and dining scene at this popular hotel/casino.

Rosemary’s Restaurant, a local’s favorite, has gained the attention of visitors creating a demand for a second location conveniently accessible for everyone, Chefs Michael and Wendy Jordan, bring their award-winning upscale American cuisine with French influences to an elegant room known for fine dining. The menu is being developed to compliment Rio’s theme and it’s patrons.

Gaylord’s India Restaurant. Kishore Kripalani has pleased San Franciscans at Ghirardelli Square for decades with his popular Northern Indian cuisine featuring Tandoori and Mughlai-style favorites. Consistently rated among the top 10 Indian restaurants in the world, this bit of India contributes to the mix of restaurants at Rio.

Hamada of Japan, a Vegas landmark with several locations adds to the diversity of dining at the Rio. Serving popular fine Japanese cuisine, Hamada will also feature a Sushi Bar in addition to a Teppan room. This family operated eatery has been a favorite of many for years.

J.W.’s Tavern is a new concept from Chef Joe Romano, formerly of Aureole. Romano, noted for his upscale American-style cuisine, promises the best in casual tavern-style food and drinks. Set in a warm ambiance in the style of a rich European pub, Romano offers the same creativity and quality that have been his signature touches.

Robert Frey, of the highly successful Coyote Ugly, brings a yet to be named exciting concept created especially for the Rio. The 11,000 square-foot nightclub and bar, designed for the lively-crowd, may well become a happening spot.

The venues are being developed and opened as they are completed, with the final one scheduled to open by year-end. Visit these award-winning concepts and enjoy the variety and excitement they offer at the Rio, located on Flamingo Rd., a few blocks west of the Strip.

R.H. Duke is a former restaurateur and a Las Vegas restaurant critic who says “Fine Dining is one of Life’s Greatest Pleasures!”
 


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