Year of the Woman?

It can’t be a coincidence: The next spate of highly-anticipated openings are themed on—if not entirely aimed at attracting—the fairer sex. Following in the high-heeled footsteps of STK (a self-proclaimed female-friendly steak house), and slated to open in December along with She (the restaurant/nightclub replacing Beso/Eve) is Xishi. Pronounced “zai-she,” Xishi by the One Group will offer traditional and contemporary Asian dishes in a modern, vibe-driven space with a feminine twist in the current Little Buddha spot. The change is part of the Palms’ property-wide transformation. Xishi opens next to One Group’s other somewhat feminine-sounding concept, a sports restaurant/lounge called Heraea. The Heraean Games, incidentally, were an ancient Greek women’s athletic competition.

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen

By Xania V. Woodman

All roads lead to Rome. At least they do for Wirtz Beverage Nevada mixologist Andrew Pollard. “I’m continuously inspired by the culture of the ‘Old Country,’ and the fine spirits that derive from it,” he says. Pollard brought his love for Italy with him to the recent 10th annual Tales of the Cocktail spirits and bartending convention in New Orleans. At happy hours, a “Spirited dinner” (attended by the sixth Count Branca—the real deal!) and even a cocktail breakfast, Pollard carried the banner of the Distillerie Branca portfolio, including the cultish Fernet Branca.