Chinatown Report: This Week in Chinatown
Las Vegas Chinatown news and analysis by Chinatownvegas.com. Food. Restaurants. Tips. Things to do. Events. What’s in? What’s out? RUMORS + much more
Chinatown Vegas hopes everyone had a wonderful Chinese Lunar New Year. We kicked off with a festival at the Chinatown Plaza. On the 29th, we continue celebrating the Year of the Rabbit at the 2nd annual Desert Breeze Spring Festival. Desert Breeze Park is also located on Spring Mountain Rd., a few minutes west of Chinatown. The event will start with a lion dance at 11 AM and the festivities will continue until 2 PM. Emcee for the event will be Asian Community Ambassador Sou Weet.
Also this week, the prestigious James Beard Awards were announced and our Chinatown has TWO winners. In total, Las Vegas had 5 nominees, which is our best representation to date. We hope that each year going forward Las Vegas receives more and more nominations, however for bragging rights, we doubt any Chinatown in the USA will ever have two semi-finalist winners. Kaoru Azeuchi of Kaiseki Yuzu and Jimmy Li of ShangHai Taste are the Chinatown chefs nominated for best chefs in the Southwest. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 5 in Chicago. We wish our nominees the best of luck.
Let’s have a look and see what is new in Chinatown.
Starting from the east and heading west on Spring Mountain Rd.
What’s Up at The Center at Spring Mountain?
Smash, Wreck, and Vent and not get in trouble for it
Feel like breaking something for no reason? Well, now might be a good time with a great deal at the Wreck Room. The Wreck Room, which we have featured in the 8 Cool Things to do in Chinatown has a Groupon deal that is hard to beat. Guests choose between a baseball bat or a crowbar as their weapon and get to smash ordinary household items. What a great way to let off some steam! Don’t feel like wreckin’ but wanna watch? The Wreck Room has a live feed that you can watch from the lobby if you aren’t able to participate. Each steel “rage” room has one large item, 5 medium items, and 15 small items. Remember, you are not paying to break things – you’re paying for them to clean up what you break!
Wreck Room, 4090 Schiff Dr, Chinatown, Las Vegas
Adult Fun at Play it Again Sam’s
What’s New at the ShangHai Plaza?
Secretohm eyebrow is getting close to its opening date. Located on the second floor of the Shanghai Plaza, upstairs from ShangHai Taste, Secretohm is filling what was the last available space in this super-busy strip mall. Secretohm is a permanent tattoo eyebrow shop and their artists have certificates from Thailand, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia, and the USA.
New Menu Items at Moxie Restaurant and Ultra Lounge
Moxie Ultra Lounge resembles a club you would find at a top strip casino. It’s gorgeous inside. It’s a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, and a club that specializes in Asian tapas, specialty cocktails, and high-quality hookah, and features special guest DJs.
They have some additions to their menu such as “Bang Bang” Cauliflower, which is fried cauliflower tossed in a spicy “ultra” sauce and tossed with green onions. For the carnivores, they have added a 36OZ “Yin-Yang” Tomahawk steak. The bang bang cauliflower is $17 and the steak is $150
Need a good cup of coffee for under 20 cents a day? We gotcha covered.
Circle K’s Sip and Save gets you one cup of coffee or beverage of any size for 5.99 a month. They have automatic grind per cup machines and use sustainable coffee sources so it isn’t just cheap, it’s good. This location is on the south corner of Spring Mountain Rd and Arville street, just west of the Chinatown Plaza. They also have a self-checkout that scans your cup, you enter your cell phone number, and voila, you’re done. Fast, and straightforward. You can sign up online here
You can now book an appointment online for Vegas’s first head spa
Soulo Hair Spa, the first Japanese head spa or hair spa in our city has now made it easy to book an appointment online through Fresha – the local beauty and wellness service site. While there are other spas that do scalp massage, Soulo is specialized and only does that. Hair washes, hair masks, deep-scalp massage, and aromatherapy relaxation treatments are some of the services offered. All services are done by licensed professionals. Soulo features Milbon hair products and has services for all types of hair.
You can book your appointment here
Finally, the new Chinatown mall has a name
After months of rumors about what it would be named, the new Chinatown strip mall has been officially named Koreatown Village and is scheduled to open the first week of April. Koreatown Village is located just west of Lindell Road on the south side of Spring Mountain Rd.
Koreatown Village, by local restauranteur Freddy Hwang of the Sapporo Restaurant Group is nearing completion of its 13,000-square-foot shopping center. We have already written that there will be a 4,000 sq foot Master Kim’s Korean BBQ and an Open Bank and now we have learned that the Karaoke place will be Industry 13
Industry 13 is an upscale modern Asian karaoke bar with 14 private rooms. Industry 13 will have a modern karaoke system in each room that will contain Chinese, and Korean and the ability to play songs from YouTube. They will have 5 small rooms, 5 medium-sized rooms, and 4 large rooms and a full-service bar along with a fully operating kitchen to provide high-quality food. The interior is set to be a modern-style industrial warehouse along with state-of-the-art video/audio systems in the bar area and in each room. Some of the larger rooms will contain a small lit-up stage for patrons to enjoy and sing on, each room will be designed differently and will have its own unique look and feel.
Open Bank whose vision and mission is to be known as a faith-based community bank focused on relationship banking. Open Bank started in Los Angeles, California in 2005 as First Standard Bank and changed its name to Open Bank in 2010. Open Bank shares ten percent of its profits with local non-profit organizations. Open Bank representatives confirmed with Chinatown Vegas that they will open in the 2nd Quarter, of 2023.
Master Kim’s Korean BBQ, will be its third location adding Chinatown to its southwest and strip locations. Master Kim’s is an AYCE Korean BBQ that serves certified Angus Beef.
Mountain View Plaza
New Tasting Menu by Seafresh’s Chef Jimmy Li
Seafresh Coastal Seafood Bar, the 16-seat seafood bar by newly nominated James Beard Award semi-finalist Chef Jimmy Li has a new tasting menu. They first debuted a six courses menu back in October of last year for only $49 and was considered one of the best bargains for upscale food in the city. The new menu features a mixed seafood wonton in an ocean-herbal broth, baked oysters, braised and grilled octopus, and a matcha tiramisu which is also available at its sister restaurant, ShangHai Taste.
Reservations are made online through Facebook Messenger.
That’s it for this week. Hope you keep enjoying Chinatown. See ya next Friday.
Chinatown’s New YouTube Channel Launched
In our efforts to promote and highlight what we feel is the best Chinatown anywhere, we have launched a YouTube Channel to capture it.
The channel plans on featuring businesses, food, chefs, breaking news, street reports, and much more. Chinatown Vegas’ YouTube Channel hopes to capture a real sense feel of what it’s like to visit the super-fast growing Chinatown.
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