We bade farewell this year not only to esteemed chef Kerry Simon, but also to two of his restaurants. The lease on Simon’s KGB Burgers at Harrah’s ran out and Simon in Palms Place—our favorite spot for wearing pajamas to brunch—made way for Café 6.
Crystals’ Japanese restaurant came onto the scene like a lion and went out like a lamb, leaving us to get our sexy-sushi-and-sake fix at other Strip spots.
The ‘little pizzeria that could’ reopened in the spring with guns blazing, offering not only interesting starters such as crudo and beef-heart tartare, but also square-cut pies with unusual toppings. Things seemed all hunky-dory, even during the opening of the clandestine amaro bar Retroscena in its backyard, only to quietly shut down a couple of months later. The space is slated to become a fondue joint owned by Echo & Rig’s Sam Marvin and Fine Concepts’ Jeffrey Fine.
The French bistro said au revoir, but its talent has remained in town. Chef Daniel Ontiveros has gone on to run Therapy on Fremont Street, while we’re still awaiting Brian Howard’s Harvest & Larder to open its doors Downtown. Tao Group’s Beauty & Essex will take Comme Ça’s place in the Cosmopolitan, but never in our hearts. –Grace Bascos