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Ice House taps new chef for dining room

Sep 2, 2003 6:13 AM

The Ice House Lounge, a new $5 million two-story, 12,800-square-foot restaurant and gaming tavern, located on Main Street near Bonneville, expects to kick up its dining trade with the appointment of J. Matthew Tryba as executive chef.

No stranger to Las Vegas restaurant scene, Tryba has received critical acclaim and has been recognized as one of the city’s premier chefs.

Tryba learned his trade under some of Las Vegas premiere chefs, including celebrity executive chef Jean Louis Paladin.

In 1996, Tryba accepted a position as sous chef at Fiore Rotisserie at The Rio Hotel and Casino. At Fiore, Tryba was responsible for the development of the restaurant’s specialty menu.

With his accomplishments at Fiore, Tryba was offered the opportunity to join Jean Louis Paladin’s team at Napa as a sous chef, also at The Rio.

During Tryba’s two-year tenure at Rio Secco Golf Club, he occupied two positions, executive chef and director of food and beverage. Tryba was responsible for all food and beverage operations including on course service, clubhouse, tournaments, banquets, special events, off property catering and VIP services including The Butch Harmon School Of Golf.

He has also served as an assistant chef at Wild Sage Café, an executive chef at Club Paradise; and a kitchen supervisor at Hard Rock Hotel.

Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Tryba worked at Hemingway’s in Hamilton, N.J.; the Castaway’s Bar & Grill in Princeton, N.J.; and Terrace Tavern and Chicken or the Egg, both in Beach Haven, N.J.

Tryba attended Mercer County Community College, Trenton, N.J. He also served in the United States Marine Corps. for seven years.

"I am pleased to have Matt join the Ice House team," said Martin W. Herbert, Ice House Lounge operations manager. "His culinary expertise will play a vital role in the success of our new downtown Las Vegas establishment. With Matt in charge, the Ice House Lounge will offer excellent food in a relaxed and hip atmosphere."

The Ice House Lounge serves modern American cuisine with a flair in presentation and includes a large selection of appetizers, salads and entrees. Specialty sandwiches and individual size pizza’s are also highlighted during lunch, but available 24 hours, seven days a week.

The dining area surrounding the main bar seats approximately 180 guests between a mix of freestanding tables, booths, banquettes and two communal tables. The upper level holds 100 guests at a seated event or 250 guests for a cocktail reception. Outdoor patios are featured on both levels.

The Ice House Lounge menu features breakfast, lunch and dinner served 24-hours a day, seven days a week.