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Company Kitchen & Pub Morphs into Las Vegas Lounge

Pure Management Group has announced its intention to convert Company Kitchen & Pub House at the Luxor in Las Vegas into Company Lounge, “a casual nightlife venue.” 

This is the second such change for the 11,000 square-foot venue, which opened in November 2007 as Company American Bistro. Originally helmed by Chef Adam Sobel (formerly of Restaurant Guy Savoy, currently executive chef of RM Seafood), the über-chic, ski lodge-inspired venue’s opening celebrity investor lineup included such Hollywood luminaries as Nick Lachey, Nicky Hilton and Wilmer Valderrama. Following Chef Sobel’s March 2008 departure—as well as that of Top Chef’s foam-of-famer Marcel Vigneron—Company briefly shut down to transform into the more approachable, American tapas iteration. 

A PMG representative reports that the Company Lounge schedule has cut back from the resto’s Wednesday through Sunday, 5 p.m.-late, to just “Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.”

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Lots of Sagging Hooters Up for Sale

The popular hot wings (served, of course, with a side of scrumptious waitress eye-candy) restaurant and bar chain is having financial troubles galore and is aggressively looking for prospective buyers.

And that’s not the half of it:  In February, a Las Vegas man confessed to a kidnapping in the Hooters parking lot and later trying to burn the body, according to a Las Vegas Metro police report. The report said the victim, Prisma Contreras, had gotten off work early at the Mad Onion restaurant at the Hooters Hotel and Casino and was abducted from the parking lot in her jeep. 

Police said suspect Richard Freeman Jr. confessed to the murder and that he and suspect Gregory Lee Hover were trying to find a prostitute when they spotted Contreras and used a gun to kidnap her. The report said Hover sexually assaulted the victim and tried to strangle her with twine. But when that didn’t work, he stabbed her repeatedly and then cut her throat, police said. The pair then tried to burn the body and the jeep in the desert near Boulder City, but was unsuccessful. Both suspects have been charged with murder. 

Adding insult to the gorey death, their sales have continued to sag due to the recession and in the past usually NOTHING was sagging at good old Hooters.  Now, analysts say the huge chain is actively shopping around and trying to sell the conglomerate for at least $250 million. 

Likewise, the Hooters Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas isn’t doing at all well either, to which the Hooters restaurant chain receives a royalty fee for the use of the name.    In fact, the New York Post recently claimed the Hooters Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas is the primary culprit to blame for the company’s financial woes. According to the newspaper, the Las Vegas businesss was recently in default on $144.5 million in long-term debt. 

This isn’t the first time Hooters has faced financial troubles. Hooters Air, their passenger airline, was only flying high for about three years, from 2003 to mid 2006, before going belly up.  

Las Vegas Backstage Access has learned from inside sources the chain will shutter its doors by the end of March and very soon someone will snap up the Hooters chain before it further goes tits up — after all, it’s an American institution.

Hooters of America, Inc. is the Atlanta-based operator and franchiser of over 450 Hooters restaurant and bar locations in 43 states in the United States and more than two dozen countries. The restaurant chain, which trades on female sex appeal, owns 122 units.

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All the Skinny on “Top Chef: Las Vegas”

Bravo has revealed the identities of the 17 “chef’testants” who will be competing on Top Chef: Las Vegas and announced the sixth edition of Top Chef will premiere Wednesday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. TopChefVegas

Top Chef: Las Vegas’ contestants will be competing for a grand-prize package that will include prizes similar to the reality culinary competition’s previous seasons.  Thanks to show sponsor Glad, the winner will receive $100,000 in seed money to help open a restaurant; a feature in Food & Wine magazine; a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen; and the title of “Top Chef.”  However Top Chef’s sixth season will also feature an additional prize: $100,000 of merchandise provided by Macy’s. 

The popular program was filmed in and around Las Vegas earlier this year and soon became the talk of the town’s culinary circles – and the city’s worst kept TV secret. 

Bravo refused to confirm or comment about the long-awaited Vegas version “Top Chef” until last month, after production had wrapped on the seventh series of the popular show. Meanwhile, cameras and crew members were seen throughout the city, shooting segments at various locations including M Resort, which served as the production location during filming, Springs Preserve and World Market Center. 

The network said “some of the top names in food, movies and entertainment” will be featured throughout season six, including actress Natalie Portman, and Las Vegas Rio headliners Penn & Teller. 

Unfortunately, none of the “Top Chef: Las Vegas” so-called “chef’testants” are from Las Vegas. The closest to a local competitor the city has is the youngest of the brothers, 30-year-old Michael Voltaggio, who lives in Los Angeles, Calif. (The Voltaggios grew up an hour north of Washington, D.C., in Frederick, Md.)

Some of the biggest names in food will also take part, including Wolfgang Puck, Todd English, Daniel Boulud, Charlie Palmer, Paul Bartolotta, and Hubert Keller (who made his “Top Chef Masters” debut during the spin-off series’ debut last month), among others. 

Lately, there have been a couple of Bravo’s Top Chef sightings as the cheftestants, Tom Colicchio and the gang bounced around from hotel to hotel shooting Season Six.   They’ve been spotted at Mandalay Bay and The M Resort.

As a footnote, Tom C. has two restaurants in Las Vegas.  Craftsteak at MGM Grand, opened in 2002 and is one of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas- a favorite haunt of ex-President Bill Clinton and rocker Gene Simmons.  Colicchio’s other venue is Wichcraft, also at MGM Grand- the sandwiches are to die for.

The network had formally renewed Top Chef for a sixth season in April and the Sin City represents the sixth different location for the culinary competition, which now ranks as Bravo’s highest-rated series following Project Runway’s move to Lifetime.

 “Las Vegas has become a culinary destination — some of the world’s best chefs and restaurants are here — so it’s only fitting that our newest season was the best yet,” Top Chef lead judge Tom Colicchio said. “You’ll be surprised by the quality of chef’testants we discovered this season. They really raised the bar.”

In addition to Colicchio, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young will also reprise their roles for the show’s sixth edition, which was filmed at The M Resort Spa & Casino in Las Vegas.

The season will also include guest appearances by  Wolfgang Puck, Todd English, Natalie Portman, Daniel Boulud, Penn & Teller, Hubert Keller, Laurent Tourondel, Tim Love, Michelle Bernstein, Tyler Florence, Charlie Palmer, Paul Bartolotta, Nigella Lawson and Jerome Bocuse. 

The upcoming season of “Top Chef” will follow the same structure as previous seasons, with a short “quickfire” challenge at the beginning of each episode followed by a main elimination challenge. 

“Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs,” stated this morning’s press release. “The first is a quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients.”

Bravo is also bringing a few new features to the “Top Chef” table this season, including a special “Top Recipe” Web series featuring season five contestant Fabio Viviani. 

Each week, the former “Top Chef: New York” personality will demonstrate how to cook the winning dish in a segment exclusive to the Web. 

Another “Webisode” series, “Guest Judges: Strip’d,” will provide insights and a more personal perspective of the judges, while another will show the chefs out on the town in Las Vegas and give viewers a peek into the chefs’ lives outside the kitchen. 

Further technological enhancements will include a phone-based “Slice & Dice Showdown” hosted by one of the show’s judges, Toby Young. The mobile video series will see each of the Voltaggio brothers lead a team of their fellow “Top Chef” competitors through a foodie challenge in anticipation of the final, ultimate dessert bake-off.

Top Chef: Las Vegas’ 17 contestants are:

- Ash Fulk, a 29-year-old from Pleasant Hill, CA who currently resides New York, NY

- Ashley Merriman, a 32-year-old from Center Sandwich, NH who currently resides in Seattle, WA

- Bryan Voltaggio, a 33-year-old from Frederick, MD who currently resides in Urbana, MD

- Eli Kirshtein, a 25-year-old from Atlanta, GA

- Eve Aronoff, a 40-year-old from Ann Arbor, MI

- Hector Santiago, a 41-year-old from San Juan, PR who currently resides in Atlanta, GA

- Jennifer Carroll, a 33-year-old from Philadelphia, PA

- Jennifer Zavala, a 31-year-old from Cromwell, CT who currently resides in Philadelphia, PA

- Jesse Sandlin, a 30-year-old from Baltimore, MD

- Kevin Gillespie, a 26-year-old from Atlanta, GA

- Laurine Wickett, a 38-year-old from Rochester, NY who currently resides in San Francisco, CA

- Mattin Noblia, a 29-year-old from Biarritz, France who currently resides in San Francisco, CA

- Michael Isabella, a 34-year-old from Little Ferry, NJ who currently resides in Washington, DC

- Michael Voltaggio, a 30-year-old from Frederick, MD who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA

- Preeti Mistry, a 33-year-old from San Francisco, CA

- Robin Leventhal, a 43-year-old from Sun Valley, ID who currently resides in Seattle, WA

- Ron Duprat, a 40-year-old from Mare Rouge, Haiti who currently resides in Hollywood, FL and Naples, FL

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Pure Management Group Provides Greasy, Cheap Late Night Eats in Las Vegas

Pure Management Group in Las Vegas recently introduced new dinner and late night dining menus at Company Kitchen and Pub House at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The menus introduce the Company Kitchen and Pub House take on neighborhood pub cuisine along with a late night menu to satisfy the heartiest of late night appetites.

“The new menus are designed around our take on comfort foods that guests would find at their favorite bar or late night haunt. There is something for everyone, and I think the late night dining crowd will be especially fond of the late night selections such as the Signature Fried Egg Sandwich,” said Deborah Krause, executive vice president of Pure Management Group. 

The new Company Kitchen and Pub House dinner menu offers familiar dishes to satisfy every taste from simple to sophisticated at a price that anyone can appreciate. Menu specialties include Fried Mash Potato Sticks with sour cream, bacon and cheddar cheese for $9; Deep Fried Kobe Sliders on a Hawaiian sweet roll with aged cheese for $12; Farmer’s Greens with cucumber vinaigrette for $7; Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with garlic dipping sauce for $12; Pork Spare Ribs with cole slaw and cilantro for $12; BBQ Pulled Pork and Andouille Sausage Sandwich for $13 and a 24-oz. Cajun Prime Bone-In Ribeye for $41. Sides include Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes for $5, Spiced Fries with Japanese seven spice for $5 and Chili Garlic Asparagus for $7. 

Their new Late Night Menu comes with its own motto that says it all: “The More Grease The Better.”

The Late Night Menu selections include Chicken Wings with buffalo, teriyaki or yuzu chile sauce for $10; “The Hangover” Pizza with scrambled eggs, sausage, roasted peppers, sour cream and tomato sauce for $10; Dirty Fries with muenster cheese, bacon, chives and sour cream for $10; Signature Fried Egg Sandwich with English muffin, onion, bacon, cheddar cheese, all smothered in chili for $8. For dessert there is a Classic Hot Fudge Sundae with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and nuts for $6. The Late Night Menu is served Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Sammy Hagar to Open New Cabo Wabo Cantina in Las Vegas

Sammy Hagar will open a new Cabo Wabo Cantina on the Las Vegas Strip this fall.  Planet Hollywood Casino & Hotel will be the new home for the Red Rocker’s famous Cantina, replacing Trader Vic’s in the Miracle Mile shops. SammyHagar

Hagar plans to bring a 15,000 square foot, split-level bar, nightclub and restaurant combination, uniquely styled after the original located in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Just as his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo helped transform the city from a tired, Mexican desert town to the most popular tourist attraction in Mexico, Hagar hopes to bring the same hard-rocking, laid-back style to this new Las Vegas venue. 

Cabo Wabo will feature a coastal Mexican menu along side live music in an ‘all-day, all-night party’ that promises it won’t break your wallet. The spirit menu will be centered around Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Tequila, with ‘Caboritas’ and ‘Cabo Bombas’ as far as the eye can see. Contemporarily-enlightened Mexican seafood dishes will highlight the dining menu including lobster burritos and shrimp enchiladas. 

“I am ecstatic to finally introduce Las Vegas to the Cabo Wabo lifestyle,” says Cabo Wabo founder Sammy Hagar. “The cantina’s fun-loving, fiesta atmosphere will bring a rock and roll vibe to the heart of the Strip like people have never seen before. We are going to rock the Vegas Strip!” Look for Sammy’s new band Chickenfoot, with Michael Anthony from Van Halen, hanging out and regular jamming in the venue.

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