Bugsy & Meyers Steakhouse, the new steakhouse in the Flamingo with a vintage look, speakeasy entrance and homage to the gangsters who opened the resort in 1946, is now planning to take reservations from July 2nd. The parent company Caesars Entertainment named the restaurant after Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and his business partner Meyer Lansky opened the Flamingo, the first resort hotel on the Strip.
The resort closed its seven year old Center Cut Steakhouse In September, the extended Bugsy & Meyer’s took over the former steakhouse footprint with an area of 11,242 square meters, as well as the Café To Go and Laurel Lounge areas opposite the main entrance of the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat.
Chicago chef Lamar Moore won the Vegas Chef Prizefight Food Network competition series and became the restaurant’s head chef. Moore worked at the Currency Exchange Cafe, The Smoke Daddy, and the Swill Inn in Chicago before ending up in Las Vegas. He told Eater Chicago that he had the menu ready to return in April, but then had to wait for the restaurant to change its opening date after the flamingo was allowed to reopen. Bugsy & Meyer is scheduled to open in May or June. Moore joins Executive Chef Honorio Mecinas, who brings over 15 years of experience on the Las Vegas Strip.
Some of Moore’s touches on the menu include a bit of a Mediterranean flair, including the option of his fried chicken, which got him the job on the show. The steakhouse dries its beef dry in a glass-lined cooler for 60 days, while a raw food bar offers seafood.
The main dining room menu includes a mix of classic dishes, table service and dry-aged steaks like a 60-day Chicago-bone rib eye. The raw food bar offers a selection of seafood dishes such as towers, crudo, poke and tataki. Other starters include short ribs, lamb saddle and steak Diane, as well as desserts like baked Alaska, mille-feuille with bourbon mousseline, and strawberry Romanoff.
The bar offers rum cocktails and an old-fashioned cart at the table, while The Count Room has a speakeasy bar with its own cocktail and food menu, as well as vintage images from the early days of the flamingo.
Guests enter the restaurant through a bakery facade and find a central bar and lounge, three private dining rooms, an ornate dining room, and a hidden speakeasy called The Count Room. Studio K Creative from Chicago and designer Jonathan Adler created the restaurant’s vintage look. Bugsy & Meyer partnered with She Hit Pause art consultants in New York City to create a curated art collection that includes a flamingo bead piece created by Adler that took nearly 100 hours to make.
Diners can reserve online in advance.
Governor Steve Sisolak closed casinos on March 17 to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Nevada Gaming Control Board issued guidelines for resort reopening that include maintaining 50 percent capacity, staff masks, cleaning protocols, and social distancing throughout the casino. On June 4th, casinos across the state were allowed to reopen.
• Bugsy & Meyer’s mobster-themed steakhouse debut with Speakeasy in early 2020 [ELV]
• New Food Network Show with Anne Burrell with chefs fighting for a top job at the Flamingo [ELV]
• Chicago Chef Wins Food Network Contest, but Coronavirus Delays His Vegas Restaurant Opening [ECHI]
• How Coronavirus Affects Las Vegas Food and Restaurants [ELV]
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