Michael Mina to Debut BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino

MINA Group’s newest concept will embrace the classic, French brasserie experience
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LAS VEGAS (April 3, 2014) – This winter, James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina will unveil BARDOT Brasserie in the space of AMERICAN FISH at ARIA Resort & Casino.  A nod to Hemingway’s Paris, BARDOT Brasserie will offer a place to start the evening with cocktails, celebrate with friends and enjoy lively afternoon brunches on the weekend. 
Offering lunch and dinner, the menu will pay homage to the café culture of Paris and will be a reflection of traditional brasserie fare featuring a roving shellfish cart, roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade, foie gras en croute and steak frites. The BARDOT signature burger will present a dry-aged steak burger with Comte cheese, caramelized onions and a bordelaise sauce. Leading the brassiere’s expert team will be Chef Joshua Smith who began his culinary journey in Las Vegas and has spent many years in the tutelage of Michael Mina, among other celebrated chefs.
The cocktail program will tip its hat to the eclectic bars throughout the Parisian districts, and the rich and wonderful history that exists therein, with twists on classics such as the Sidecar from Harry’s Bar and Serendipity from Bar Hemingway. Featuring an array of new world and old world wines, the wine program will focus on the regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone, Alsace and the Loire. 
“We are excited to introduce a sexy new concept to ARIA,” said Michael Mina, chef and Founder of MINA Group.  “Evoking the timeless brasseries of Paris, BARDOT Brasserie will be the perfect addition to our group of restaurant brands, offering French comfort food in a chic atmosphere.”
BARDOT Brasserie will be designed by Bishop Pass to convey the mood of early French film noirs where low lighting and dramatic shadows set the stage for an alluring and mysterious experience. An open kitchen will be set behind a Parisian storefront, while the centerpiece of the restaurant will be a 360-degree accessible bar with counter-to-ceiling brass shelving. 
AMERICAN FISH will close in July with the opening of BARDOT Brasserie slated for winter 2014. 
Mina Group Inc. is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts.  Mina Group is led by Chef/Owner Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year.  Operating since 2002, Mina Group currently manages 20 restaurant properties including MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco (Esquire Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year 2011); BOURBON STEAK and CLOCK BAR at The Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco; RN74 at Millennium Tower in San Francisco and RN74 at the Joshua Green Building in Seattle; STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA Bellagio at Bellagio in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole.  For a complete list of restaurants please visit michaelmina.net
ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on the Las Vegas Strip featuring spectacular amenities, high-end service, premium meeting and convention space, striking architecture and sustainable design. Offering a dynamic collection of curated experiences, ARIA is home to restaurants by award-winning chefs Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Shawn McClain, Mario Carbone and Jean-Georges Vongerichten; the tranquil Spa & Salon at ARIA and the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond ARIA Sky Suites. Combined with its unparalleled offerings including the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA sets the bar for a new generation of resort experiences. ARIA and its neighboring properties within CityCenter, which is a joint venture whose interests are owned 50% by subsidiaries of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and 50% by Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit ARIA.com, call toll free at (866) 359-7757 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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