The Blood Bros. are coming to Las Vegas. The brothers Robin and Terry Wong and Pitmaster Quy Hoang will open a new location for Blood Bros. BBQ As one of 16 booths in Famous Food Street Eats, a new food hall at Resorts World Las Vegas, a new three-acre hotel complex will open this summer with an area of 88 acres.
Since opening in 2018, Blood Bros. has received national recognition for its Asian-influenced take on the classic Texas grill. The Bellaire Barbecue Joint was named Best New Restaurant at the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards 2019. It also featured on the Bon Appétit list of the best new restaurants of 2019 and the Texas Monthly 2019 list of the state’s 25 best new BBQs in 2019.
The link between the renowned grill restaurant and the $ 4.3 billion Vegas resort is through Chef Chris Cosentino, Chef of Rosalie Italian Soul at the C. Baldwin Hotel in downtown. As part of the 2019 Southern Smoke Festival, Chef Chris Shepherd invited all attendees, including Cosentino and his business partner Oliver Wharton, to lunch at Blood Bros. Wharton’s company, A Perfect Bite, to share with the owners of Resorts World, Genting Berhad, the to curate food hall.
“I think there were a couple of grilling spots that they found,” Robin Wong told CultureMap. “Ours was the first choice.”
After being given the opportunity and negotiated terms, including the ability to visit the property for quality control, they agreed to the deal.
“It’s a great opportunity, but if we weren’t comfortable we wouldn’t,” says Wong. “We didn’t want to sacrifice our brand, which we worked so hard for, with people we didn’t trust. . . We saw that they took care of it and want to do whatever it takes to get the product right. “
The hotel has provided one of the smokers for Hoang to be installed in the restaurant so that he can familiarize himself with it. Soon the future pitmasters of the grill stand will be coming to Houston for training. Additionally, Hoang will travel to Vegas for the opening to dial everything in and ensure that all of the restaurant’s signature pages are properly created.
At the opening, the menu focuses on the Texas Barbecue Trinity made of brisket, pork ribs and sausage. To add some Blood Bros. spices to guests, the restaurant’s gochujang pork ribs and turkey with togarashi spices will be served at the stand.
“We want to focus on good grilling in Texas, pretty much what got us into it,” says Hoang. “We didn’t start all the crazy things. Maybe we can add a few things later. “
By opening in the grocery hall, Blood Bros. is in a pretty respectable company. Other concepts include: Streetbird Las Vegas, a roast chicken concept by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson; Kuru Kuru Pa Yakitori, a Japanese restaurant owned by superstar DJ and producer Steve Aoki and his restaurateur brother; Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling, a Hong Kong stand awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand; and Pepita’s Kitchen, a Manilla stand that Anthony Bourdain once visited, according to a publication.
“It’s exciting. The ones they brought from Singapore are pretty hardcore,” says Hoang.
“You know we’re not cooks. We’re backyard people, ”adds Wong. “It’s definitely an honor to be with these guys.”
It’s also exciting what this project could mean for Blood Bros. when it starts. Resorts World has properties in the United States and Asia that may house Blood Bros. outposts.
“There are definitely some opportunities that we hope we can take advantage of and really make Blood Bros a global brand,” says Wong. “That would blow us all out of the water.”