Crossroads Kitchen Opens First Upscale Vegan Restaurant in Vegas
Crossroads Kitchen, the upscale LA restaurant from Chef Tal Ronnen, just announced it would roll the dice on a new plant-based restaurant in Las Vegas. It will be the first upscale vegan restaurant on the "Strip." The new location will open inside of Resorts World Las Vegas hotel, offering innovative plant-based dishes to tourists and locals alike.
Ronnen and executive chef Paul Zlatos will introduce specialty dishes including its Beet Tartare and Tagliatelle Bolognese to Las Vegas while also creating new specialty items that intend to truly impress plant-based and non-vegan diners. Crossroads Kitchen will also hold a monopoly on the city’s most iconic street, offering a permanent plant-based menu built to attract anyone to the innovative Los Angeles eatery.
“As we expand our dining portfolio, we continue to seek unique concepts that can appeal to food lovers and culinary novices alike, and Crossroads does just that,” Vice President of Food & Beverage of Resorts World Las Vegas Bart Mahoney said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be working with Chef Tal and his talented team to offer an approachable yet refined take on plant-based cuisine to our guests and visitors.”
Ronnen – author of Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine and formerly a personal chef to Oprah – partnered with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker to open the first Crossroads Kitchen in 2013. Since then, the restaurant has propelled plant-based cooking to new heights, attracting the attention of the culinary world and a favorite of vegan and vegetarians such as Joaquin Phoenix and Zendaya.
First Vegas, then Burgers
Crossroads Kitchen’s signature cuisine is distinguished by its experimental takes on classic dishes such as artichoke oysters with kelp caviar or Fettuccine with Truffles. Now Ronnen plans to split time between his two locations and has plans to introduce CB | Crossroads Burgers – to serve plant-based burgers, sausages, milkshakes, and other casual food.
“Chef Paul Zlatos and I are thrilled to return to Las Vegas where we first met 11 years ago adding plant-based options to the Strip,” Ronnen said. “My intention with CB |Crossroads Burgers is to create a space for accessible yet elevated plant-based cuisine within the lively atmosphere of Resort World Las Vegas.”
While CB | Crossroads Burgers is Ronnen’s inaugural fast-casual eating, the renowned chef tested the water in recent years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the plant-based chef opened a temporary pizza ship and a pop-up kitchen Crossroads Tacos. The two vegan kitchens prepared fast-casual food for people at affordable prices, incorporating Ronnen’s cooking into the fast-casual sphere.
Viva Vegan Las Vegas
Although Ronnen’s Crossroads Kitchen and CB | Crossroads Burgers will stand as unique fixtures for the Las Vegas strip, the iconic line of casinos and hotels have seen expert vegan cooking in the past. Last November, The Venetian announced that it was going plant-based for World Vegan Month, and introduced 50 plant-based dishes at its three upscale restaurants – Mott 32, Majordomo Meat & Fish, and Bouchon.
Besides vegan fine dining, The Venetian has paved the way for plant-based fast-casual in Las Vegas. The New York City-based Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer’s remote location unveiled a Vegan Nashville Hot portobello burger and a Vegan Black ‘n White CakeShake. Located within The Venetian, Truth & Tonic became the Las Vegas strip’s first vegan restaurant in January 2020. Now, the fast-casual restaurant will be followed by Ronnen’s new fast-casual concept, providing more vegan options than ever for Vegas tourists, gamblers, locals, and diners.