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Dining News & Notes: El Sombrero is closing, a buffet with a chef’s table, and more

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Las Vegas is going to miss El Sombrero.
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El Sombrero, one of Downtown’s favorite restaurants and possibly the oldest restaurant in Las Vegas, is set to close. Long beloved for its New Mexican-influenced cuisine, the small restaurant at 807 S. Main Street opened in 1950. Owner Jose Aragon, who bought El Sombrero from his uncle 20 years later, said it will likely stay open until April as he's working on a deal to sell the restaurant. Act fast for one more taste of El Sombrero’s classic red beef chile Colorado or sweet sopapillas.

The Bellagio Buffet has introduced the first chef’s table within a buffet, a VIP experience that allows diners to bypass the line, interact with a team of chefs and enjoy a specialty menu based on guest preference and dietary restriction. If you eat at the chef’s table, you don’t have to get your own food at the buffet, but you can if you want to. The experience is available during dinner only for parties of eight or more, priced at $53.99-$59.99.

Elsewhere on the Strip, change continues at Mirage, where the Italian restaurant Onda has been rechristened as Portofino. The restaurant also received a menu makeover courtesy of chef Michael LaPlaca late last year. Expected at Mirage later in 2014 is the arrival of Morimoto, replacing Japonais.

There’s a new chef at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar. Robert Caravaggio is executive chef and director of operations at the Summerlin-area restaurant after more than 27 years of experience including stints at Ferraro’s, Kahunaville and Cheesecake Factory.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, which recently opened its second Las Vegas location at Town Square, is bringing back its popular filet and lobster combo. An 8-ounce filet and 8-ounce lobster tail with drawn butter, plus an appetizer, is available for $39.95 through April 13 at Fleming’s at Town Square or at 8271 W. Charleston Blvd.

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