Grass Roots juice bar owner Shane Stuart has partnered with entrepreneur Paul Argier to create a new Downtown tearoom. TeaBar will be located next door to Grass Roots in a space at the John E. Carson Hotel that previously housed Bud & Vine flower shop. By day it will serve as a traditional tea lounge with high-end teas from Tealet, as well as tinctures made from teas alleged to have medicinal uses. At night it will serve as an alternative lounge, with kombucha (ever so slightly alcoholic fermented tea) on tap, mixologist-designed tea-based “mocktails” and teas that can be smoked through vaporizers. “This is a way to market [nightlife] to people who don’t drink alcohol,” Argier says. The pair expect to open the spot in about four months.
Congrats to Rick Moonen for striking a deal with the new online network Feast It Forward. Details are still a little sketchy, but he’s signed on to do a show called Can I Eat This? As the leading voice of the sustainable seafood movement, Moonen is a perfect fit for the network, which describes itself as “a guide to the conscious consumer searching for a better and more philanthropic lifestyle.” Moonen promises his show “will not just be your ordinary farm-to-table series, but instead will showcase how to be sustainable in a delicious and fun manner!”
Finally, a huge thanks to my editor Xania Woodman for inviting me out to enjoy the final weekend at Alain Ducasse’s Mix restaurant atop Delano. The restaurant and I got off to a rough start when it first opened. I trashed it in CityLife after receiving bad food and atrocious service—the latter of which I attributed to their snobby attitude and my mohawk. And for two years I vetoed its inclusion in my book Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants. But Ducasse and his staff eventually won me over, and I lifted my veto in the 2013 edition of the book. Saturday’s meal included wonderful foie gras, a delicious crab salad, tender beef cheeks and an outstanding duck (not to mention one of the best views in town). Mix will be missed, but I look forward to Ducasse’s new Italian restaurant Rivea, which will replace it later this year along with a set of new private dining rooms that have long hidden from us the actual best view in town, thanks in part to their former life as storage space.