After its hotel and bar opened last month, NoMad Las Vegas will debut its restaurant Nov. 14. The NoMad Hotel, a collaboration between restaurateur Will Guidara, chef Daniel Humm's Make It Nice Hospitality Group and the Sydell Group, has two other locations with Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurants in New York and Los Angeles. Make It Nice also includes Grand Award winner Eleven Madison Park.
"We're trying to keep the DNA of what we did in New York and L.A. as a common thread, but also really embracing the fact that we're in Las Vegas and people want to go a little bit bigger," wine director Thomas Pastuszak told Wine Spectator.
The wine list will have a core focus on cool-climate, mineral-driven and high-acid wines from regions such as Champagne, Burgundy, Piedmont, the Finger Lakes and the Northern Rhône. Pastuszak will also showcase California wines, playing off the menu's roasted meats with plenty of spicy, robust reds. The restaurant will open with about 700 wine selections, but NoMad Vegas' storage space will allow for substantial growth, with the potential to exceed the 1,900 and 1,700 selections offered in New York and Los Angeles, respectively.
Overseen by chef de cuisine Mike Rellergert, the menu will highlight luxury ingredients like foie gras and truffles. Vegas exclusives include tuna and steak tartares made tableside, and a raw seafood platter to share. Pastuszak wants to cater to locals as well as visitors. "What we're really passionate about, and we try to really do it in New York and in Los Angeles, is embrace the neighborhood," he said. "And I think that Las Vegas is an amazing community of people who really want to eat and drink well."
The bar, which opened with the 239-room hotel Oct. 12, offers a more casual dining experience, with a wine list of about 50 selections all under $200, and more than 20 wines by the glass.—J.H.
A second location of the Washington, D.C., Best of Award of Excellence winner Fiola opened its doors in Miami Nov. 1. It's the first venture outside of the capital for restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi. "I guess it's a challenge, but it's a fun challenge," wine director Casper Rice told Wine Spectator. "I think our product attracts people everywhere."
The new restaurant will offer more seafood than the flagship D.C. location, but its 850-selection wine list will maintain Fiola's focus on Italy, Bordeaux and California. "The cellar space in Miami is in my favor, with very big storage space for wine," Rice said. "We have a great opportunity in Miami in that we have big shoes to fill, and we'll slowly fill them in."—B.G.
On Nov. 7, Miami entertainment mogul David Grutman and musician Pharrell Williams opened dual dining concepts in Miami's Design District. Grutman's Groot Hospitality Group includes Award of Excellence winner Komodo.
On the first floor of the new two-story space is Swan, a restaurant and bar with a garden and a D.J. booth. Upstairs, Bar Bevy has lounge-style seating with another D.J. booth and an outdoor terrace, and serves small bites and shareable plates. Chef Jean Imbert executes the menus for both concepts.
Wine director Collin Bleess told Wine Spectator that both Swan and Bar Bevy will have an abbreviated version of Komodo's 360-label wine progam, similarly geared to Miami's high-end clientele, with 120 selections. The list emphasizes American, French and Italian wines while also representing other major regions around the world such as Spain, South America, Australia and New Zealand. Expect several first-growth Bordeauxs and other premium wines. There are currently 15 by-the-glass options, and Bleess hopes to add eight to 10 more in the next month or two with the rollout of their Coravin program.—J.H.
The San Francisco outpost of Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana closed Oct. 28 after 30 years in business. A press release cited a challenging economy and the neighborhood's "overall declining business occupancy" as reasons for the closure. The restaurant was known for chef Francesco Gazzana's Italian cuisine and its 90-selection wine list with strengths in Italy and California. Il Fornaio still has 19 Restaurant Award–winning outposts across California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington.—J.H.
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