Lucky Foo’s Restaurant & Bar will introduce a distinctive dining experience to the Green Valley area being coined as an “American Izakaya,” a Japanese term for a dynamic dining and drinks destination where family and friends get together for food, cocktails and socializing, with its opening this fall.
Located at 8955 S. Eastern Ave. at the high-traffic intersection of the I-215 Beltway, Lucky Foos will serve a menu combining Asian and Mediterranean flavors with American cuisine.
“We want Lucky Foo’s to become Green Valley’s go-to spot as the neighborhood bar and grill,” says Lucky Foo’s owner and managing partner, Michael Fuller. “Whether it’s a business lunch, a bite to eat after working out, happy hour with friends or a weekly family dinner, we want Lucky Foo’s to be a gathering place for the community.”
With an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and cuisine, Executive Chef Shawn Giordano, whose experience spans London, Italy, Hawaii and New York, has developed a menu full of innovative dishes that blend Japanese, Thai and Mediterranean ingredients and techniques with classic American dishes. Using a robata grill as the anchor of the kitchen, the focus of Lucky Foos menu will be on dishes that are fresh, flavorful and healthy. Using a traditional Japanese coal called binchotan, which burns at 1,000 degrees, the robata grill will cook food faster, sealing in the delicious juices of Lucky Foo’s signature dishes.
The expansive menu includes sushi, noodles, salads, sandwiches and yakitori, as well as various cuts of steak, ribs and chicken. Signature selections include skewered yakitori meat or vegetable tacos with smoked pickled kimchee as a possible side selection; and the Foo Burger, a blend of flavorful meats prepared on the robata grill to maximize flavor and juiciness. “In creating the soon-to-be-famous Foo Burger, we wanted to make sure it had the perfect, mouthwatering flavor,” says Giordano. “By cooking it on the robata grill with binchotan charcoal, which burns at 1,000 degrees as opposed to 500 degrees like most grills, the Foo Burger will be one of the most flavorful and juicy burgers our guests have experienced.” Lucky Foo’s will also offer a lunch, happy hour, children’s and late-night menus.
At 5,000 total square feet with four vastly distinctive dining areas with seating for up to 180 guests, the inspiration of Lucky Foo’s design is luck and fortune. Each room, or microenvironment, will be designed with a specific character or idea considered to be “lucky,” allowing for unique experiences each time a guest visits. For example, the restaurant’s patio named “Buddha” seats up to 36 guests and will revolve around a custom crafted fountain of Budai, otherwise known as The Laughing Buddha. Inside, an additional room known as the KIMMI Bar will feature fresh sushi selections amidst the backdrop of light, feminine tones and the restaurant’s rare KIMMI doll collection, the first of its kind for Las Vegas.
The heart of Lucky Foos is known as Foo Square, a Tatami mat-lined dining room where DJs along with other forms of entertainment will take place, lending a unique social aspect to the setting. The main dining room, known as Belly of the Dragon, will feature dark wood tones and a massive mural by local artist, Sean Clauretie. “The various rooms will deliver a new experience with every visit,” says Fuller. “It’s stylish, but laid back and fun.” The overall design incorporates reclaimed and salvaged materials from the famed Hamada restaurant, including Tatami mats, hand-painted Taiko Asian drums, roof tiles, as well as the icons from various Asian cultures.
The staff at Lucky Foos will don custom-created uniforms by Stitched, the local men’s clothier at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. With 17 high-definition televisions, Lucky Foo’s will be ideal for catching the latest game or sports updates. Lucky Foo’s will soon introduce an array of cocktail and dining specials with a daily happy hour, as well as late-night entertainment that includes intimate DJ sets and karaoke.
The dynamic venue is owned by The Beautiful Life and managed by Fuller and the Essential Group. With more than 20 years of experience, Fuller has opened and operated some of the top restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Las Vegas. Giordano spent many years working for world-renown chef, Wolfgang Puck, at Spago Las Vegas, Spago Beverly Hills and Trattoria Lupo, as well as experience consulting on various Tribeca hotspots including Smith & Mills, and Warren 77. Most recently, Giordano cooked privately for well-known photographer Annie Liebovitz.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sean Clauretie
ABOUT LUCKY FOOS
Lucky Foo’s Restaurant & Bar will introduce a distinctive dining experience to the Green Valley area as an “American Izakaya,” a Japanese term for a dynamic dining and drinks destination where family and friends get together for food, cocktails and socializing, with its opening this fall. Located at 8955 S. Eastern Ave. at a high-traffic intersection of the I-215 Beltway, Lucky Foo’s will serve a menu that combines Asian and Mediterranean flavors with American cuisine. Lucky Foo’s will be open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Lucky Foo’s website at luckyfoos.com.