UNLV graduate and celebrity chef Guy Fieri was officially welcomed back to Las Vegas Friday to celebrate the April 17 opening of his new restaurant, Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Quad. The UNLV marching band launched into “Viva Las Vegas” as Fieri pulled up to The Quad in a red Camaro. “This is the homecoming of all homecomings,” Fieri said.
Fieri spoke to the crowd and then manned the grill to cook his award-winning bacon, mac and cheese burgers and hand them out to eager fans. The burger, topped with five-cheese mac and cheese, won the top prize at last year’s Burger Bash in New York City. It will be on the menu at the new restaurant, as well as wings, tacos, sandwiches and small bites.
Fieri said the food at his restaurant is inspired by his popular Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” “What you will find at Guy Fieri’s Vegas is going to be all those big, bold, righteous, funky flavors that you find as you cruise this great country of ours.”
One menu item not to miss is Fieri’s Vegas Fries, which were inspired by his time at UNLV. He couldn’t afford Buffalo wings, so he would order crispy fries, a side of Buffalo sauce and side of blue cheese dressing as a cheap way to imitate flavor of Buffalo wings without the meat. The Vegas Fries at the restaurant are tossed in Buffalo sauce, topped with shaved blue cheese, celery and carrots, accompanied by blue-sabi dipping sauce. “It started in Vegas, it should end up in Vegas,” Fieri said.
Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar encompasses 6,500 square feet and has an outdoor patio with views of the Strip. There will be 16 craft beers, specialty cocktails and a frozen tap system shot bar.