Photo Credit: Area 15 and Lost Spirits

AREA15, the highly anticipated entertainment venue on the west side of the I-15 freeway north of Desert Inn with a sign that no one can miss, will be welcoming ODDWOOD, the first of many food experiences.  The centerpiece of this bar and cocktail area features a twinkling LED 23-foot high Japanese weeping maple tree set off by a 28-foot-wide canopy with more than 5,000 twinkling LED lights. This entertainment venture will feature retail, art, outdoor concert space and plenty of specialty entertainment. They will serve cocktails, premium beer and a full coffee bar provided by Vesta Coffee Roasters. Las Vegas Entrepreneur Ryan Doherty has brought this venue together. 

Another bar and restaurant announced at AREA15 is LOST SPIRITS DISTILLERY, which is one of the world's top distilleries.  The experience starts with a surreal amusement park.  Whisky and rum tastings, undersea train rides, boat rides and holograms all come with world class spirits. Winston Fisher, the chief executive officer of AREA15, said Lost Spirits is like a dream-like tasting experience.  Co-founder of the distillery Bryan Davis stated he is thrilled to bring his Lost Spirits to the world class AREA15 phenomena. More restaurants will be announced soon. 

CIRCA, the new downtown hotel opening late October, will have a host of new restaurants. To start off we have BARRY'S DOWNTOWN PRIME, serving steak and seafood. Barry S. Dakake, formerly of Scotch 80 Prime at the Palms, which was a fabulous venue, is in charge here. The menu will be of the highest caliber. SAGINAW'S DELICATESSEN will serve salads, chopped liver, Reubens, matzo ball soup and breakfast specialties. Yes, that menu is what delicatessens are famous for. PROJECT BBQ will have Carolina barbeque dishes featuring pulled chicken, pork and brisket and will have picnic tables and an outdoor bar.  VICTORY BURGERS & wings will be located in the sports book, serving Victory burgers using brisket, Angus beef and short rib all rolled into one. Along with chicken wings and fries, their second specialty is a Michigan Olive burger with chopped olives and olive brine on the top. Last but not least, is an Asian spot, 8 EAST, featuring all sorts of Asian dishes. To add to all of these, are five new bars: above the sports book, will be the OVERHANG BAR; the rooftop will feature the LEGACY CLUB, with seasonal drinks; inside there will be VEGAS VICKIE's, named after the downtown iconic sign; the 165 ft. MEGA BAR with big screens and 120 beers on tap;  and outside with all the excitement and noise of Fremont Street will be the CIRCA BAR, the longest bar in Las Vegas that is outside.

GOLDEN CHICK, out of Texas, is planning a very large expansion. They are hoping to open 20 locations here, with the first to start in October. They serve roast chicken, tenders, hot rolls and chicken sandwiches and currently have 192 locations across the south.

SICKIES GARAGE BURGERS & BREWS will open Labor Day weekend at Town Square in the former Claim Jumper space. The chain launched in North Dakota in 2012 known for offering 50 burgers and 50 beers, features a tribute to auto shops with actual classic cars, trucks and motorcycles suspended from the ceiling with cables. The burger patties, made from fresh Angus beef, American Kobe beef or ground turkey, include Twin Cam Burger topped with peppered bacon and nacho cheese between two grilled cheese sandwiches for buns; Glazed Doughnut Burger with American cheese and peppered bacon on a glazed doughnut bun; and Sickies Burger with bacon, egg, pulled pork and onion rings. Also offered are wings; cheese curds; over-sized tater tots filled with bacon, cheddar and chives; and old-fashioned shakes and malts. This location joins six others in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. Hours will be daily from 11 a.m.-midnight.