Vegas Strip veteran Chef and “Chopped” winner Johnny Church has announced the official opening of Johnny C’s Diner, a chef-driven take on American classics in Southwest Las Vegas.
After several weeks of honing the opening menu via takeout only service, Johnny C’s will invite guests to dine in beginning Saturday 5/16 8 am-3 p m. They will also be open for curbside pick up orders on Friday, during the same hours.
Blending his Midwestern roots with a career of honoring the best ingredients, Church creates nearly all elements of the breakfast and lunch menu in-house, from the corned beef and smoked pork to salad dressings, pickles, biscuits, and donut holes. Greens and herbs come from his own garden, as well as local suppliers including Desert Bloom and Herbs By Diane. Menu highlights include the Creme Brulee French Toast, Five Cheese Mac N Cheese (with a Cheez-Its crust), Thanksgiving Turkey Bob’s Burger (with truffle-mushroom stuffing and cranberry mayo) and the Hen House Fried Chicken Sandwich. Johnny C’s Diner proudly serves locally roasted Mothership Coffee.
Johnny C’s also offers twice-weekly take home “Finer Diner” dinner specials, reflecting his fine dining past, with an eye on expanding to dinner service in a few months.
“I’ve been lucky enough to cook with some of the best chefs in the world,” says Chef Church. “But right now I like the idea of just cooking food that makes people happy, with the best ingredients we can find.”
Per directives from the Governor of Nevada and SNHD, only parties of five or less will be seated together, all tables will be separated by 6 feet, and guests will be requested to respect social distancing protocols. All staff will wear masks, sanitize all tables in between each party, and follow other approved safety measures. Curbside pick up will still be available during open hours, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Reservations via phone at (702) 263-0146 are strongly recommended. Diners can be seated indoor or on the patio per availability.
Johnny C’s Diner is located at 8175 Arville Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89139
About Chef Johnny Church
Johnny Church is widely regarded as one of the most respected and passionate chefs in Las Vegas today. From a working class childhood in Flint, Michigan, Church has made remarkable strides in the restaurant industry, including executive chef positions at Bradley Ogden’s Root 246 in Solvang, CA; Michael Mina’s XIV in Los Angeles, CA, and in Las Vegas at P.J. Clarke’s, Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood, and Charlie Palmer’s Aureole in Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Most recently, he was Corporate Chef for Golden Gaming. Along the way, he has also co-created the concepts MTO Cafe, RX Boiler Room and Artisanal Foods Cafe.
Among his many accolades are being named a “Rising Chef” by Wine Spectator, a “Top Chef de Cuisine” by Las Vegas Life magazine, “Best New Restaurant” in Desert Companion for RX Boiler Room and “Best Pop Up” by Vegas Seven for his Sunday Supper series. Artisanal Foods Cafe garnered a remarkable amount of attention including “Best Chef, Off-Strip” in Vegas Seven’s 2015 Restaurant Awards, “The year’s best new restaurant” in Las Vegas Weekly, “Surprise of the year” in Desert Companion, “Best new lunch off-Strip” in Thrillist, and “Lunch of the year” award from EatingLasVegas.com. In 2018, he reigned supreme over the competition on the 100th episode of “Chopped.”