The haute burger craze spreads to Sin City with the opening of the BLT Burger at The Mirage. BLT Burger is the debut Las Vegas outpost of chef Laurent Tourondel’s 11 BLT restaurant empire, and the second devoted to his French-tinged interpretation of a typical American hamburger joint.
The 11 burgers on the Vegas menu feature patties made from the de rigueur Angus and Kobe beef to ones crafted from salmon, tandoori-style lamb and falafel. As an homage to Sin City, Tourondel put a special hamburger on the menu: the Stripper, a 7-oz. beef burger served sans bun. Hamburgers are priced from $7 to $17 and cooked on an exposed grill in the middle of the restaurant.
House cocktails include the Showgirl, made from vodka, guava nectar and lime, and special milk shakes such as the Fuzzy the Bear, made with peaches, peach schnapps and vanilla ice cream.
Designed by the New York-based Rockwell Group, the interior is pure Las Vegas: A yellow-glazed lava stone bar is lit by chrome pendant lights, while a floor-to-ceiling sepia print of the surrounding landscape hedges in the dining area, which seats 198.
BLT Burger at The Mirage Hotel & Casino,
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-792-7888.
— Max Padilla
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has opened Wasted Space, a new lounge on the Strip that co-founder and motocross star Carey Hart has tagged as the first ever “anti nightclub.” Wasted Space leaves the pompous theatrics of club-hopping behind, and instead looks to create an atmosphere that boasts an authentic rock ’n’ roll vibe through fashion, art and music.
Since opening in mid-July, the 5,000-square-foot venue, co-owned by Hart, baseball player Jason Giambi and Good Charlotte rockers Benji and Joel Madden, has attracted every visiting rock star in town, with some even taking to the stage for impromptu performances.
Holding a crowd of up to 500 people six nights a week, Wasted Space features live music two nights a week featuring both established rockers and unsigned acts. Cover charges range from $10 to $25 at the door, depending on who is playing that night.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino,
4455 Paradise Road; 702-693-5000.
— Elisabeth Miller
Fans of bad boy Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier can now physically experience the designer’s lifestyle vision at Christian Audigier Nightclub, his new Treasure Island venue.
Audigier has partnered with the Pure Management Group, the same team behind Lax and Pure in Las Vegas, and produced a club that feels authentically like the shaved-head, tattoo-sporting designer. Red velvet walls are lined with Audigier’s signature roses and skulls, ceilings are pierced by black chandeliers, black fake-crocodile leather booths border the room and the bar is made of shiny black pebbles and red mirrors. While the decor is definitely strong, the real centerpiece of the club is a pair of large-scale water tanks filled with exotic jellyfish.
The expansive liquor list will also include Audigier’s own line of wines and champagnes.
Christian Audigier Nightclub at Treasure Island,
3300 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-894-7580.
Surf and Turf
The old Luxor Steakhouse has been reinvented as Tender Steak & Seafood.
Designed by Thomas Schoos of Tao, Koi and the The Penthouse Restaurant at The Huntley Hotel fame, the restaurant now has a decidedly old Las Vegas feel. Guests pass through grand cherrywood doors and a marble foyer to find a restaurant covered in rich wood and plush leather booths.
The menu offers a wide range of steakhouse favorites and a few new twists, with much of the food sourced from local organic farmers. All cuts of meat are USDA prime and aged for 21 days; sides include baked vegetable chips and organic wild mushroom risotto. The menu also boasts raw oysters, as well as other seafood, and a range of caviars.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye