Masa toro with caviar from BarMasa | Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

BarMasa To Close At End Of July


Aria’s high-end sushi restaurant BarMasa and its sister teppanyaki spot Tetsu will close their doors on July 31. The restaurant was operating under a management agreement with the resort that is set to expire. At this point, there’s no word on what will become of the space. But Chef Masa Takayama is preparing to open a Tetsu in New York’s Tribeca this fall.

When Aria opened its doors in December of 2009, Takayama’s operations there consisted of BarMasa and a semi-private shabu shabu and sukiyaki concept known simply as Shaboo. With customized tasting menus at the smaller space starting at $500, and similarly high sushi prices in the main restaurant, the pair were often cited as the most expensive restaurants in Las Vegas. (That tasting was later lowered to $300.) But those who could afford it believed the price was justified for unparalleled cuts of rare seasonal fish flown in from Japan and other prized ingredients like Ohmi beef. (In recent years, however, off-Strip hotspots like Kabuto and Yui Edomae Sushi have begun offering comparable cuts of fish.)

The closing will leave Aria without a dedicated sushi spot, although a selection will still be available at the buffet.