Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar, helmed by Yellowtail’s chef Akira Back, will open to the public July 23 at Mandalay Bay, joining Light Group’s other concepts there, Citizens Kitchen & Bar and the revamped Red Square. Back’s modern Japanese menu has a Korean-American twist, and includes such items as whitefish carpaccio, Kobe beef tacos and a bone-in pork chop with apple-miso glaze. More eccentric fare includes the “007 Octopussy Roll,” composed of crab salad, crisp potatoes and—what else?—spicy octopus. Kumi’s sushi bar will feature cobalt-blue tiles, and adjacent, there will be a rotunda painted with blossoming cherry trees. The 10,000-square-foot space will seat more than 300 hungry guests. KumiLasVegas.com
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.