VEGAS RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Resorts World Says ‘Cheesecake,’ New Fontainebleau Addition –

Posted on: September 29, 2023, 12:15h. 

Last updated on: September 29, 2023, 12:15h.

Making its West Coast debut is the restaurant that made Brooklyn cheesecake famous. Junior’s is coming this fall to Resorts World. The 300-seat venue will bring its full-service breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night menu — and of course, its legendary dessert — with it.

The first Junior’s has been open since 1950 in Brooklyn. A Resorts World location will be the company’s first outside the tri-state area. (Image:

Alan Rosen, representing the third generation of his family to own Junior’s, said his grandfather “absolutely enjoyed coming to Vegas whenever he could, so I know he’d be thrilled that we are opening a location in the city he loved almost as much as New York.”

Harry Rosen opened the original Junior’s in Brooklyn on Election Day in 1950.

2 Chainz
2 Chainz celebrates a milestone at Esco. The rapper and his business partner, Mychel “Snoop” Dillard, opened the chain in Atlanta as Escobar Restaurant & Tapas, but had to change the name to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. (Image:

2 Dishes from 2 Chainz

Grammy-winning rapper 2 Chainz will bring two of the most popular menu items from his Southern restaurant, Esco Restaurant and Tapas, to the Strip as part of Pepsi Dig, an annual residency spotlighting six of the country’s most popular Black-owned establishments.

From Sept. 30 through Oct. 27, 2-Chainz’ blackened salmon alfredo and an original cocktail creation will be available at Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay and Public House at Luxor.

Dining Ins and Outs

In addition to the dining options we previously reported, the Fontainebleau Las Vegas will open on Dec. 13 with El Bagel, a brand that’s Miami-born to match most of the new casino resort’s other dining and nightlife offerings.

Windy City staple Portillo’s has announced it’s looking for a Vegas location “as part of its long-term plan to scale the brand and open new locations across the country,” according to a news release. The hot dog and burger chain, which started in Chicago in 1965, has 77 locations in 10 states, but wants 84 by year’s end.

16 Rooftop Bar, on the M Resort’s 16th floor, will morph into Jayde@16 as of Oct. 5, with a menu featuring Asian dishes and craft cocktails.

A month after Circus Circus got a Del Taco, the Excalibur is getting its own, too.

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