Rio to christen five new restaurants

Sep 3, 2002 4:30 AM

The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino is adding five new food and beverage outlets over the course of the fall and winter. The additional outlets will result in a total of 17 restaurants on the property.

The new dining rooms are part of the Rio’s master plan to expand the variety of experiences, as well as elevate the quality of restaurants within the facility.

"We feel that these new outlets will compliment the Rio’s existing culinary roster, creating even more variety and excitement for our guests," said Tom Jenkin, senior vice president and general manager of the Rio. "The evolution of the Rio began a year ago with the addition of many dynamic new entertainment options, and we are continuing this development with the expansion and diversification of our dining experiences.

"The new restaurants will unite the talents of established Las Vegas culinary teams, the appeal of celebrity chefs and the excitement of enticing new themes ”¦ a winning combination for the Rio," he said.

The following restaurants will open by the end of 2002:

Rosemary’s, a Las Vegas local favorite serving American cuisine with a French influence, will open "Rosemary’s at the Rio," its second location within the space previously known as the Napa Restaurant. Award-winning chefs Wendy and Michael Jordan are developing a menu similar to its original location, but tailored to fit the Rio’s theme and customer base.

Gaylord India Restaurant, an award-winning concept that has been a mainstay in San Francisco for more than 20 years, will open its first Las Vegas restaurant at the Rio. Gaylord, owned and operated by Kishore Kripalani, will serve Northern Indian cuisine, featuring authentic Tandoori and Mughlai-style dishes. The restaurant will occupy the area adjacent to the Rio’s high limit gaming area, with an entrance near Fiore Steakhouse.

Hamada of Japan, another family-owned Las Vegas landmark, will open a new location at the Rio within the restaurant previously known as "Mask." Hamada will serve its trademark fine Japanese cuisine, highlighted by a sushi bar, tappan room and lounge area.

J.W.’s Tavern, operated by award-winning chef Joe Romano (Aureole), will open in the space currently known as Mama Marie’s Cucina. J.W.’s Tavern will serve up the best casual tavern-style food and drinks, in a warm ambiance reminiscent of Europe’s rich pub culture.

Frey Entertainment will bring a new 11,000 square foot nightclub and bar concept to the Rio. Robert Frey, who has enjoyed tremendous success with his first Las Vegas project, Coyote Ugly, has created a dynamic, exciting new concept especially for the Rio. Construction has begun for this venture, which will be housed in the previous Rio Bamba Lounge, and its surrounding area across form the Carnival World Buffet.

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is owned and operated by Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. founded more than 60 years ago.