Rick Harrison’s Pawn Plaza keeps us on our toes with this latest round of restaurant announcements. The Pawn Stars have teamed up with 34th Floor Hospitality for two concepts: Pawn Donut & Coffee and Inna Gadda di Pizza. The coffee component will be modeled with a nod to the interior of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, serving Illy coffee and specialty doughnuts named for Las Vegas movers and shakers. The pizza spot is what I’m most excited for, as 34th Floor is helmed by local F&B veterans Olivier Zardoni and Ralph Cautela. Cautela is the guy responsible for Secret Pizza in the Cosmopolitan, so the guy knows his pies. Inna Gadda di Pizza (a sly nod the early heavy-metal track “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly) will offer classic New York-style slices and whole pizzas, including a traditional red with house-made meatballs, a white pie with ricotta and basil, and Cautela’s personal favorite: sausage and green peppers. There will also be salads, New York cheesecake and black-and-white cookies for the très East Coast experience.
Next, head down the Strip for a completely different TV-related meal. After quite a few delays, Las Vegas will finally get a taste of the illustrious Wahlberg family. Wahlburgers arrives in the Grand Bazaar Shops at the end of the year, along with the burgers made famous by brother Mark, Donnie and Paul on their Emmy-nominated reality show in A&E Network. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant and retail space (for all your Wahlburgers swag, naturally) will be right next to the massive Starbucks, all dominating over the open-air shopping venue. The menu features family favorites known as the Wahlfaves, created by chef brother Paul. There’s Donnie’s choice, a barbecue bacon and jalapeño cheeseburger referred to as a “spiced-up weekend barbecue on a bun,” while Mark apparently gets down with “Thanksgiving on a bun,” made with a turkey burger, stuffing and Paul’s orange-cranberry sauce, as well as other traditional holiday flavors.
Should your favorite bites be of the raw variety, DB Brasserie (in the Venetian, 702-430-1235) has launched an oyster happy hour nightly from 5-6 p.m. For one luxurious hour, you can pound as many West Coast bivalves as you like for $1 a pop, while supplies last (read: until you eat them all). Can’t make it by 6 p.m.? The French bistro holds a late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. till close. And while you can’t take them up on their oyster deal, you can still indulge in some food and drink specials up at the wood-and-brass bar.
Eating from coast to coast has never been easier.