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Local Restaurants, Bars Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Specials

Throughout the valley, locals can find great deals for eating and drinking on May 5.

Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, also known as the Fifth of May. It commemorates a Mexican battle — not Mexican Independence Day, as widely believed — but Las Vegans can revel in their own independence at any of the following celebrations:

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Couple Reach for Draft Dreams with CraftHaus Brewery


After years of work, a local couple are launching their own brewery at this weekend's Great Vegas Beer Festival.

Dave Forrest has been brewing up an idea for years.

As a connoisseur of beer, he has used his house as a tasting space to craft different ales using a variety of ingredients such as rosemary and orange peel.

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Frozen Snacking Pops Onto Scene

Frozen Snacking Pops Onto Scene

By Alyssa Laiacona, Liberty High School

Upon entering, it’s clear to see that Popped is not your average popcorn shop. The journey begins with a selection from over 15 unique flavors that range from salty, savory and sweet.

The three managing partners, Jean-Francois Chavanel, Zelma Iwatsubo and Olivier Morowati, came together through their jobs at the Eifel Tower Restaurant and used their culinary experience to develop flavors that one wouldn’t normally find in their average popcorn tin.

Although the flavors contain one-of-a-kind combinations (such as “Chicago”, combining caramel, white cheddar and nacho cheese), the best part hasn’t even begun; for each cup bought, there is the option to freeze the popcorn in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -300° F. This liquid nitrogen instantly chills the popcorn on contact and creates a smoky effect, leaving your cup and mouth with a steamy or foggy appearance.

Warm Atmosphere Complements Comforting Food at Luna Rossa

Reviewer: atmosphere works well with food at Lake Las Vegas restaurant.

Last week was, actually, our second visit to Luna Rossa.

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Restaurant Expanding Inside Station Casinos

Restaurant Expanding Inside Station Casinos

A popular Mexican restaurant is expanding into three new Station Casinos’ properties.

Cabo Mexican Restaurant will open additional locations at Sunset Station, Boulder Station and Aliante Station. The restaurants are set to open by September 29. With the new locations, there will be a new menu with expanded combo meals, guacamole made tableside, and seven new entrees.

The place will keep its popular all-you-can-eat tacos. To celebrate the opening, all Mexican restaurants in every Station Casinos property will offer the deal. Days of the week and times the special is available will vary by restaurant.

New Express Restaurant Opens

The new Sweet Tomatoes Express opened Monday in Henderson.

The new restaurant uses the same fresh salad and soup concept as the regular all-you-can-eat Sweet Tomatoes buffet but instead customers will choose what they want on a salad while an employee builds it.  They get the completed meal in a to-go container. Besides custom salads, the menu includes macaroni and cheese, bread and freshly baked cookies.

The first week the restaurant is open guests will also get a chance at a free drink. The first 10 customers every day for the next week will get a reusable Sweet Tomatoes Express cup. They can use it to get free beverages on return visits throughout September. The restaurant is also giving away gift cards and free meals.  

The new Sweet Tomatoes Express is at Eastern Avenue and Horizon Ridge Parkway.

Curtas: A Tale Of Two Italians

Curtas: A Tale Of Two Italians

Restaurant Critic John Curtas gives his opinion on two opposing Italian food places, one with a new home in Henderson.

It was the best of times (because Italian food has had a twenty year Renaissance), it was the worst of times (because it’s now ubiquitous), it was the age of wisdom (Mario Batali), it was the age of foolishness (Macaroni Grill’s authenticity), 

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