Chef Kerry Simon announced some details Thursday on his new restaurant Carson Kitchen, set to open Downtown in early June. Located on the corner of 6th Street and Carson Avenue, in the space that once housed the John E. Carson Hotel, it’s described as a new American gastro-lounge. The chef says he wants dining there “to feel like dinners I’ve prepared for friends in my own home.”
The menu reflects the style of gourmet comfort food that Simon pioneered after leaving the fine dining world. Menu items will include “Devil’s Eggs” made with crispy pancetta and caviar, tempura green beans with pepper jelly and cream cheese, and a cocoa-espresso NY strip steak served with red wine demi. There will also be sandwiches and flatbreads, and the chef is promising to put an emphasis on sustainable ingredients and locally-sourced produce.
The design of the dining room will reportedly resemble Simon’s loft-style home. It will feature seating for 90, a chef’s table bordering the kitchen, and a rooftop patio that will host live music.
Simon, the beloved ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef’ who’s been in the news lately for his battle with a Parkinson’s-like disease, says he’s wanted to open a neighborhood restaurant for a long time, and “as Downtown Las Vegas is now the social center for locals, it is the perfect spot for this concept.” He and partner Cory Harwell say they’re working alongside Tony Hsieh and the Downtown Project to embrace the developing Downtown culture.