The Barrymore lives again through word of mouth

Jul 9, 2013 3:00 AM

Remember the Barrymore, once a part of the old MGM (now Bally’s) that a victim in the tragic fire three decades ago? Well, you may be surprised to know it’s still around and doing nicely.

Without fanfare.

“We play off of that,” said Chad Jahn, the restaurant/lounge general manager. “We are the hidden gem. It’s all word of mouth, we don’t advertise. That’s how (owner) Billy Richardson wants it. He’s wants people to tell one another about it.”

The Barrymore name is connected with the famed actor Lionel Barrymore and captures traditional Hollywood and old time Las Vegas. It found a home in the Royal Resort on Convention Center Drive near the Clarion where the former Greek Isles and Debbie Reynolds attracted the “in crowd.”

“We want a throwback to old Las Vegas,” said Jahn, who previously worked at the Mirage, the Fontainebleau in Miami and Beso steakhouse (with actress Eva Longoria). “The Barrymore is my love, my all-time favorite.”

What especially makes the Barrymore a cool hangout is its simplicity and convenience. You park, walk right in, and enjoy a relaxed quiet dinner plus drinks inside or at the outdoor patio.

“We get a diverse group internationally,” Jahn said. “There are two separate dining rooms, both with deep booths and 10 tables, seating 44 in each.

“There’s a beautiful bar in the lobby right near the Barrymore with a fabulous wine collection,” Jahn continued. “People have the same reaction when they see us saying, ‘Wow, where did this come from?’”

Many of the patrons are casino employees getting off of work who would like a quiet, late night place to hang out. The Barrymore operates from 5 p.m. until the last person leaves.

“We will be open two years in September,” Jahn said. “Originally it was all local businesses and friends of the owner (Billy Richardson), who is also associated with Holstein’s at the Cosmopolitan and LBS at Red Rock. There is so much potential here.”

If Jahn has his way, the Barrymore will also include a longbar that will feature entertainment and a pool similar to the setup at the Artisan, the trendy late night in spot on Sahara near the I-15 entrance.

The Barrymore has an award winning chef in Anthony Meidenbauer and serves up what they call, “an American Classic cuisine that’s both approachable and unpretentious.”

“The affluent is the demographic that we are looking for,” Jahn said. “My goal is to go after the Turnberry (estates) crowd. One guest at a time. Sundown at downtown. A chain reaction.”

Some of the entrée options range from Pan Seared Salmon to Muscovy Duck, octopus and lobster. There is also an 8-ounce Filet Mignon and Bone-In Rib Eye for the meat and potatoes crowd, of which I am a card-carrying member.

“Strip performers stop in from Jersey Boys and Cirque Productions,” Jahn said. “The Barrymore is the best restaurant you probably haven’t heard of.”

Monti Rock, here is your place!

Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Reach him at [email protected].

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