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Dining News & Notes: Pub 1842 opens, a buffet switcheroo and more

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Expect creative burgers and other colorful bar food at the brand-new Pub 1842 at MGM Grand.
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Michael Mina’s Pub 1842 is now open at MGM Grand, an all-new casual tavern concept residing in the space formerly occupied by Mina’s Seablue restaurant. In addition to the expected, expansive selection of beer, the pub’s specialty cocktails include “fizzy lifting drinks,” individually bottled, carbonated cocktails, and house-made infusions and seasonal punches. The food menu includes starters such as lobster corn dogs and pork green chili with a grilled tortilla, and larger dishes including wood-fired steaks, salads, sandwiches, and the peanut butter crunch burger with bacon jam, potato chips and pimento cheese. Pub 1842 is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until midnight and until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The executive chef that opened the big, buzzed-about Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace last year has jumped across the Strip. Scott Green is now executive chef of The Buffet at Wynn and plans to add some new menu items soon. Before his tenure at Caesars, Green ran kitchens at the former Little Buddha restaurant at the Palms and on Celebrity Cruise Line ships.

Bagatelle Beach at Tropicana is enhancing its weekend brunch offerings starting tomorrow, June 22. Brunch will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. atop the outdoor bistro-style restaurant overlooking the pool experience or indoors in Bagatelle’s fancy dining room. New dishes from executive chef Adam Hickman include fresh snapper ceviche, barbecue chicken flatbread and Thai steak salad. Don’t forget the champagne.

A terrific and overlooked restaurant at the Crystals mall, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina has launched the Sunday Family Style Dinner, a four-course feast of rustic Italian dishes for $28 per person available Sundays from 11 a.m. until closing at 10:30 p.m. The price is good for four or more guests, and bottles of wine to go with it are also $28. Sounds like a delicious deal.

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