In the ever-changing culinary landscape of Las Vegas, Aria will soon see Bar Masa and Tetsu metamorphose into popular L.A. and New York City restaurant Catch this fall. While rumors have been swirling since April 2016 that Chef Masa Takayama would shutter his Las Vegas outposts, MGM Resorts International confirmed the closure in a statement. Senior vice president of food and beverage Ari Kastrati states that “launching Catch in Las Vegas will [serve to] further elevate Aria as one of the city’s premier dining destinations.”
For those not familiar with the Catch brand, this white-hot seafood concept with Japanese influences opened initially in New York City, followed by a 2016 Los Angeles debut. It is the brainchild of nightlife vets Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm, who launched a hospitality empire with Catch, among other notable brands. In L.A., where coolness seems to fade after six months, it remains one of the city’s hardest reservations and is a regular haunt of everyone from Mariah Carey and DJ Khaled to Stevie Wonder and Bruno Mars.
While we are told to expect “globally inspired high-end seafood selections” such as truffle sashimi and Cantonese lobster, we are most excited about the unique spicy tuna on crispy rice and the “Hit Me” chocolate cake that you smash with a spoon to create social media gold before enjoying.
Bar Masa will close on April 2.