ELV has learned that local restaurateurs Block 16 — the folks behind LBS Burger Joint at the Red Rock Casino are bringing another ground beef concept to the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, when it opens on December 15.
Called Holstein, Chef Anthony Meidenbauer promises us the concepts will be new, the ingredients all-natural, ultra-fresh and organic, and in his words, there will be an emphasis “…(on) better burgers and (bringing) a funky, homegrown attitude to The Strip.”
Expect lots of specialty burgers, house-made sausage (something ELV and his staff can really get behind), and riffs on traditional American snacks and appetizers. They tell us there will be a wide variety of shakes (not “fresh (fake) shakes” a la McDonald’s, but the real Magillicuddy), and all toppings, buns and condiments – will be custom crafted in-house. ELV hereby demands they make a decent malt, something sorely lacking in many of these burger and shake shacks, or he will personally throttle uber-food dude and Cosmo President John Unwin (if we can reach his throat – he’s a lot bigger than us).
In other words, it sounds a lot like Burger Bar and BLT Burger, and KGB, but we’re still excited at the prospect of seeing how the local boys stack up to the high bar already set by the competition, especially since the Cosmo is putting forth a murder’s row of prestigious chefs and restaurant brands that won’t truck a cheesy cheeseburger.
As of now the roster includes: Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; Comme Ça by Los Angeles Chef David Myers; Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis; Spanish tapas restaurant Jaleo and China Poblano (Chinese/Mexican(?) by José Andrés; Scarpetta and a winebar D.O.C.G. by Chef Scott Conant; and STK, a “sultry” (puh-leeeze…) steakhouse from The One Group and Chef Todd Miller.
We at ELV (like many in our food and wine industry) desperately wants Cosmo to be a game changer — like Bellagio, MGM, Caesars and Wynn before it — elevating everyone’s game whilst simultaneously stimulating the world’s appetite to come to the High Mojave and take a bite out of our humble burg.
We shall see and time will tell.