Mesa Turns 10, Le Thai Owners Ready Bocho


Bobby Flay was in town October 14 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mesa Grill in Caesars Palace. The celebrity chef manned the kitchen himself, providing invited guests with a four-course meal of pumpkin soup, lobster-and-corn tamale, fire-roasted venison chop and chocolate coconut bread pudding. Since the recent closing of the original Mesa Grill in New York City, Flay says, “Mesa Grill Las Vegas is really the headquarters for the cuisine that’s so dear to me.” Looking back on his decade at Caesars Palace, he told diners “I think Mesa Grill has survived because we were constantly evolving the concept.”

Sticking it out Downtown is Le Thai owner Dan Coughlin, who is putting the finishing touches on his new sushi restaurant, Bocho. He says bringing sushi to the neighborhood was a no-brainer. “When the Downtown Project asked if we would take this spot, we said ‘Yeah—if we can do sushi. Because we live down here and we think there needs to be good sushi here.’” Since his background is in Thai cuisine, he partnered with the team from his favorite sushi bar, the now-shuttered Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in the East Sahara Commercial Center. While there will be some American-style rolls on the menu, sashimi will be the focus. And two private dining rooms will double as karaoke studios. The opening date still depends on some paperwork, but hopefully by the time you read this they’ll be seating guests. For more impending openings, check out

Finally, if you’re going to check out Wicked at The Smith Center, you may want to grab a bite at Triple George Grill, which is offering a special theater menu through November 8 that includes an Emerald City Martini, a “Greenify” arugula salad, and both Good (grilled) and Bad (blackened) albacore.


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