VEGAS RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Pitbull to Open First Vegas Eatery

Posted on: February 22, 2024, 02:01h. 

Last updated on: February 23, 2024, 11:44h.

Since Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Sly Stallone opened Planet Hollywood at Caesars Palace in 2000, dozens of celebrity owners have started restaurants in Las Vegas. This Saturday, Pitbull’s Miami Grill will open in the most wonderfully bizarre location for a celebrity restaurant so far.

Rapper Pitbull
Rapper Pitbull endorses a new Florida location of his fast-casual franchise. His endorsement reads: “I am no longer an artist … I am a business partner.” (Image: Twitter/X)
A rendering of Pitbull’s first Miami Grill in Las Vegas. (Image: Miami Grill)

A Walmart in suburban Henderson, Nev. is just about as far from the Las Vegas Strip as a celebrity restaurant can open. Yet this is where the 43-year-old rapper has chosen to introduce Las Vegas to his fast-casual eatery for burgers, chicken wings, gyros, and cheesesteaks.

Pitbull, born Armando Christian Perez, became a financial partner in the 40-year-old chain in 2012. He hopes to eventually introduce up to five more Miami Grills to Sin City. The “Give Me Everything” singer was a regular at the franchise’s original Miami location, and even claims to have penned some lyrics at its tables.

Miami Grill will be located at the Walmart at 2310 E. Serene Ave. in Henderson. A ribbon-cutting will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 23. The public grand opening will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.  

Pitbull is not expected to attend either event.

Dining Ins & Outs

Jazzyblu, a new steak and seafood restaurant from Chef Karen LaDeq, will debut March 15 at the Serene Vegas Boutique Hotel at 455 Harmon Avenue, where it will join RLX a Serene Restaurant.

Chef Brad Wise is scheduled to debut his Rare Society steakhouse at the UnCommons residential development in southwest Las Vegas by year’s end.

The Southern Nevada Health District shut down Taquizas La Bonita, at 1935 Fremont Str., during a routine inspection on February 8 that earned it 44 demerits. Laos Asia Market Kitchen, at 3050 E. Desert Inn Road #109, was also shuttered on February 6 with 26 demerits.