The restaurant scene on the Las Vegas Strip is an ever-changing event, none as much of late as Paris Las Vegas.
A series of closures of some long-standing restaurants in the hotel have opened the door for new offerings, including the first-ever restaurant from lifestyle guru Martha Stewart.
Work is ongoing on Stewart’s new eatery, The Bedford by Martha Stewart, which will open on an unspecified date sometime this spring.
“Caesars Entertainment has been an extremely hardworking, professional, and excellent partner to work with on the planning and building of the first-ever Martha Stewart restaurant,” Stewart said in a release. “It will be in the Paris Las Vegas and will very accurately portray the important aesthetic and taste of the Martha Stewart brand.”
Stewart has designed the restaurant herself with the idea of bringing the country farmhouse into the flashing lights and sounds of a casino hotel.
The restaurant will feature 194 seats with, what she labels, thoughtfully appointed decor and a neutral color palette that serves as a backdrop to four seasons of color.
“The architecture and decoration of the spaces cleverly exemplify the beauty and atmosphere you might find at my beautiful farm in Bedford, New York,” Stewart said. “Dining at The Bedford will be immersive, fun, unexpected, and utterly delectable,”
Stewart and others are working on menus for seasonal dinners, weekend brunches, and holiday meals. Many items will be created by sourcing ingredients from local growers in the Las Vegas region.
“Our menu will be delicious, depicting the very same kinds of foods I serve my friends and family,” she said.
Hotel officials are looking forward to the opening with high expectations for the results.
“When we open the doors, The Bedford by Martha Stewart will be a dining experience you simply can’t get elsewhere,” said Jason Gregory, general manager of Paris Las Vegas.
Stewart’s restaurant is just one of numerous changes taking place in the hotel. Also on the menu for opening in the near future are Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, the third restaurant on the Strip from chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and Vanderpump à Paris, the newest offering from the reality show franchise.
But to make room for the new editions, several Paris restaurants have closed in recent months. At the top of the list is Martarano’s at Paris, the most high-profile restaurant in the hotel other than the signature Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Martarano’s abruptly closed in September.
Lucky 88, Sushi Street, and Sekushi have all closed their doors as well.
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The Baltimore, New Orleans, and Nashville routes had only reopened for British travellers late last year, when the US finally lifted its 20-month ban.
The Baltimore route returned on November 19, followed by Nashville and New Orleans on December 9.
The rise in Covid cases around the world has meant a decline in flight bookings and has consequently led to routes once again being suspended.
British travellers will no longer be able to book flights to Nashville, New Orleans, and Baltimore until the spring.
RIPLEY — A new travel plaza in the western part of Chautauqua County is continuing to progress.
A Love’s Travel Plaza is being constructed on Shortman Road in the town of Ripley, just off Interstate 90. Mark Geise, county Industrial Development Agency chief executive officer noted that the outside is mostly complete. He said the company will be doing some landscaping in the spring.
“They’re working on the interior. They expect to be completed by late January,” he said during a recent county IDA meeting.
If all works out, Geise said the company plans to open in the spring of 2022.
The new facility is a 22,000-square-foot travel center that sits on a 16-acre parcel located at 6201 and 6151 Shortman Road, where the former Colonial Restaurant and Hotel buildings were located. The travel center will include a convenience store, fueling islands, restaurant, repair center and related services.
Ripley Town Supervisor Doug Bowen said the town has a “host community agreement” for taxes, so that the development will help cover much of the costs of the water and sewer. That will not only benefit the plaza, it will also help other homeowners in the district and also could spur further development.
There is a Payment In Lieu of Taxes Agreement with the county as well. County IDA officials said previously the $12 million investment for the project is anticipated to net over $30 million in combined regional and New York State economic benefits over the life of the PILOT.
Bowen said he has not talked to company officials recently, but has a pretty good idea of what to expect. “It’s going to look like a typical Love’s Store in other areas,” he said during a phone interview.
Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has more than 550 locations in 41 states, providing professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, Compressed Natural Gas, travel items, electronics, snacks, restaurant offerings, and more. Love’s Truck Care offers heavy-duty tire care, including TirePass, light mechanical services and roadside assistance. Love’s Hospitality provides a growing network of hotels and storage rental locations, and Love’s Financial offers freight bill factoring and back-office support to professional drivers.
In New York, Love’s has travel plazas in Bath, Binghamton, and Canaan, near Albany.
Avianca has confirmed the resumption of flights on the London to Bogotá route.
Daily departures will begin on March 27th next year.
The carrier said the decision to relaunch the route follows the lifting of restrictions for travellers arriving from Latin America in to the UK.
“We are pleased to resume direct flights between the United Kingdom and Colombia, offering more and better options to our customers traveling between Europe and Latin America.
“For our long-haul flights, we will maintain the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet with an executive cabin and an economy cabin,” said Catalina Nannig, Avianca vice president of sales and distribution.
In October Avianca announced the choice of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as its definitive fleet for long-haul flights, which will provide its customers with a more comfortable travel experience for their flights to Europe and with a smaller environmental footprint.
Through Avianca’s route network, travellers from the United Kingdom can access the main destinations in Central and South America.
Currently the airline has one of the largest networks in Latin America with more than 100 routes, around 3,120 flights a week and about 470,000 weekly seats.
United Airlines next spring will add five new destinations in Europe and the Middle East and new routes to five others as a part of the largest transatlantic expansion in the carrier’s history.
The new destinations, largely leisure-focused, include three to which United will be the only carrier offering direct service from the United States, according to United SVP of international networks and alliances Patrick Quayle.
Service from Newark to Bergen, Norway, begins May 20, marking the only direct service to Bergen from the U.S. and the only U.S. carrier serving Norway. Service from Newark to Palma de Mallorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands begins June 2, followed by service from Newark to Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands on June 9, also the only direct service between the U.S. and either destination.
In addition, United will start new service between Washington, D.C., and Amman, Jordan, on May 5, the only flight by a North American carrier to Amman, Quayle said. Service from Newark to Ponta Delgada in Portugal’s Azores begins May 13, which will be the only direct service from the New York area to the Azores and will make United the largest North American carrier to Portugal, he said.
New routes to United’s current destinations for the spring include daily flights between Denver and Munich, Chicago and Milan and Washington, D.C., and Berlin, as well as an additional daily flight between Newark and each Dublin and Rome.
United in the spring also will start seven previously announced routes that had been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Those include service to Tokyo’s Haneda airport from each Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Newark by March 26; daily flights between Chicago and Zurich starting April 23; a second daily flight between Newark and Frankfurt starting April 23; daily flights between Newark and Nice, France, starting April 29; and daily flights between San Francisco and Bengaluru starting May 26.
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