Tao isn’t the only place celebrating a decade in Las Vegas this year. Plenty of spots have opened and closed since 2005, so it goes to show that it takes a special breed to have some longevity in this town.
Tucked under the escalator in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, cigar bar Casa Fuente (702-731-5051, CasaFuente.com) has served as a nice little oasis from what can be an overwhelming retail experience. But it has also become a destination itself for stogie aficionados. It’s still the only licensed Casa Fuente store in the world, offering a huge selection of exclusive cigars that you can puff away on—pretty much the only place you can smoke within the Forum Shops. The lounge turned 10 in April, and 55 new whiskeys have been added to an already impressive list to go along with all that smoke. If whiskey isn’t your game, a selection of cocktails meant to channel your rum-fueled Hemingway fantasies will still bring you to a tropical island somewhere in the Caribbean.
In Green Valley Ranch, Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis (702-617-7515) is also marking a decade. Locals come not only for fantastic prime cuts of meat, but also for such favorites as chowder stocked with Maine lobster and applewood bacon; creamed corn studded with poblanos and topped with Parmesan crumbs; and the classic steakhouse salad with romaine, avocado, gorgonzola, tomato, bacon and white French dressing. Hank’s wine list has also made a name for itself. The wine program has nearly doubled in size and scope since opening. In the beginning, there were only 13 wines available by the glass, all domestic; now there are 20 from around the world. The inventory began with 1,800 bottles; 10 years later, Hank’s counts 2,700 from 450 labels. Slowly but surely, the wine list has grown, earning Wine Spectator’s Best Of award each year, and, in 2015, the prestigious Best Of Award of Excellence, an even greater accomplishment for an off-Strip restaurant.
Home to the original Las Vegas power lunch and one of the first independent eateries to emerge at the beginning of the Downtown revitalization, Triple George Grill (201 N. Third St., 702-384-2761, TripleGeorgeGrill.com) clocked in 10 years in July. And it is still as good as ever, offering steaks, chops and comfort-food classics, including pot pie and meatloaf. The Bloody Mary with shrimp and bacon is still the proper cure for whatever ails you.
Here’s to 10 more!