Published on: September 20, 2022, 02:43 am.
Last update: 20 September 2022, 02:48.
Clique Hospitality is about to unveil a new upscale food hall, Proper Eats, in the space once occupied by the buffet at Aria. Set to open in early winter, the 24,000 square meter area – designed by Italian designer Munge and his firm, Studio Munge – will boast 12 dining concepts on the Aria’s second level promenade. These will include the first Seoul Bird outside London and the first Wexler’s Deli outside Los Angeles.
“This is a dream destination for me,” Andy Masi, founder of Clique Hospitality in Las Vegas, said in a press statement. “Our team brings together cocktails and food from some of our favorite places in the world in a stunningly beautiful space in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.”
Korean soul food with a side of lox
Created by chefs Judy Joo and Andrew Hales in 2019, Seoul Bird is a Valhalla for Korean fried chicken and other street food inspired by Joo’s Korean-American heritage and the pair’s culinary tours of South Korea.
“We have been looking for the ideal place to introduce Seoul Bird to the United States for some time,” Joo said Forbes.com, “And when Andy Masi reached out about a partnership with Proper Eats, I knew we’d found it.”
Wexler’s Deli, which offers classic (though not kosher) Jewish dishes, claims to be the only deli in LA that hand-smokes and slices all meat and fish in-house. It was founded in 2014 by chef Micah Wexler and his business partner, Mike Kassar, in downtown Grand Central Market. It later added a location in Santa Monica. Now solely run by Kassar, Wexler left the partnership in 2020 to launch food products featuring the brand.
“We are extremely honored to be a part of Proper Eats, which will feature a variety of vibrant flavors,” said Kassar Forbes.com. “We’re excited to bring our classic homemade delicacies to one of the best hotels on the Strip.”
Proper Eats will also feature Clique’s recent Temaki sushi restaurant and New York’s breakfast-focused Egghead from Tao Group Hospitality — best known for its egg and cheese on potato brioche.
Masi collaborated with hospitality industry leaders Jason McLeod, Culinary Director of Proper Eats, and Oliver Wharton, Founder of A Perfect Bite, to curate this gastronomic collection. A former corporate executive chef of Consortium Holdings, McLeod is behind some of San Diego’s top dining destinations, including Born & Raised and Ironside Fish & Oyster. Wharton has long been one of Las Vegas’ foremost hospitality experts and has worked alongside renowned chefs Jose Andres and Michael Mina, as well as held pivotal roles in some of the city’s most popular restaurants and clubs.
“The addition of the Proper Eats property to ARIA’s food and beverage portfolio will bring a fun and lively communal dining experience to our resort,” said Aria President and COO Anton Nikodemus in the press statement. “Every detail has been carefully attended to – from creative concepts to venue design – bringing together a first-class culinary epicenter that’s affordable, with a variety of options to choose from based on preference, taste or mood. This, along with the collaborative partnership of visionaries at Clique Hospitality and Studio Munge, will elevate our food hall into a memorable destination for guests to return to time and time again.”