Late Night Chef Fight Viewing Party to be a Delicious One, Velazquez Gets Caffeinated and Sirio to Close

Jolene Mannina | Photo by Zack W.

Jolene Mannina | Photo by Zack W.

Dining consultant and promoter Jolene Mannina will throw a charity viewing party for the FYI network’s new cooking competition series Late Night Chef Fight on November 30at the Bunkhouse. That’s actually the day after the show, which was shot entirely in Las Vegas, premieres. The party will run 7-10 p.m. and will feature food by Fernando Sposato (Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill), Gina Marinelli (D.O.C.G.), Sean Griffin (Prime), Brian Lhee (Yusho) and several other chefs who competed on the series. Advance tickets are available through It’s On Me (either the app or at and Mannina’s website, They will only be available at the door through a smartphone. Proceeds will benefit Keep Memory Alive.

Chef Beni Velazquez is still working hard to get his restaurant, Latin Fish, open in the former Garfield’s space (2620 Regatta Dr.) before the end of this month. In the meantime, he’s working to open a Latin coffee shop called Republic in the front of the restaurant. It will occupy the former restaurant’s front bar area, and will offer café con leche, cortadito, Latin cappuccino and café Americano, among other beverages. Velazquez hopes to have a soft opening for Republic on November 24, with Latin Fish opening its doors the following week. He’s also planning a pre-opening vegan Thanksgiving dinner on November 25.

More bad news for local fans of New York’s famed Maccioni family who, until recently, operated three restaurants on the Strip. Less than two months after the closing of Osteria del Circo in Bellagio, MGM Resorts International has announced that Sirio Ristorante in Aria will be closing its doors on December 6. The Maccionis are best known for their fine-dining French flagship Le Cirque in New York and its sister restaurant in Bellagio. But Circo and Sirio provided more approachable and affordable Italian cuisine that lived up to their exacting standards without all the pomp and circumstance often associated with French cooking. Their loss will mean that only fans of fine French cuisine with platinum (or black) credit cards will be able to afford a Maccioni experience in Las Vegas. And given recent developments, who knows how long that will last.


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