A Review of Vegas Eateries: Tasty Fare at Ocean Prime and Sub-Par Service at Karen’s Diner

Cameron Mitchell, the founder and CEO of the restaurant group that bears his name, is planning to launch the first Las Vegas outpost of Ocean Prime in June. The high-end seafood and steakhouse brand, which has 14 locations across the US, will be setting up shop in a 14,500 square-foot flagship location, complete with a rooftop terrace, atop the four-story 63 development at Aria Campus (the former CityCenter) on the Strip.

Mitchell has made a reported $20M investment to make his longtime dream a reality and is promising a unique dining experience, complete with caviar service and the hot seafood tower, as well as a tableside gin-and-tonic making cart.

Meanwhile, Karen’s Diner – an Australian-spawned parody of a ’50s American icon, whose servers are all entitled middle-aged white women (Karens) – will be opening its second US pop-up experience on October 7 and 8 at an undisclosed Las Vegas Boulevard location. For a $47 ticket, guests can expect to get a burger, fries, a drink, and some good old-fashioned ‘Karen-ing’ in return – click here for more info.

John Mull’s Meats and Road Kill Grill, the 70-year-old, family-run BBQ joint featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, has been added to the Las Vegas Historic Property Register.

Happy Camper Pizza will be opening its first Vegas location at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas, according to whatnowvegas.com. The pizza and bar chain has locations in Denver and Chicago.

Food Network star Jet Tila has opened Dragon Tiger Noodle Co.’s second Las Vegas outpost at 750 S. Rampart Blvd.

A Mexican restaurant, from the Wish You Were Here Group, is set to replace Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Resort after it closes on April 30. The name of the new eatery isn’t certain yet, but ‘Ondas’ (Spanish for ‘waves’) is being considered.

China Mama, a popular Las Vegas Chinatown destination for 20 years, is searching for a second location following a kitchen fire on March 30. Its original location, at 3420 Jones Blvd., will be closed for an estimated one year.

Big Wong, another Chinatown staple, has decided to close its doors permanently in the coming weeks, as per a message shared on its Facebook page.