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CHEF MICHAEL SYMON OPENS MABEL’S BBQ AT PALMS CASINO RESORT, BRINGING HIS BELOVED BARBEQUE TO LAS VEGAS

This marks Symon’s Vegas debut and first expansion of his Cleveland-based restaurant

LAS VEGAS, NV (December 20, 2018) — Today, Food Network Iron Chef and James Beard winner Michael Symon debuts his beloved Cleveland BBQ restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ at Palms Casino Resort. Offering a Las Vegas inflection to the classic American culinary tradition, Mabel’s BBQ showcases classic barbeque staples, blended with Symon’s interpretation of the diverse flavors and cuisines from around the world that make up Vegas’ vibrant city.

“Through Mabel’s BBQ, I’ve had the opportunity to create a barbeque style that Clevelanders can call their own, and I’m excited to do the same for the Vegas community,” says Michael Symon. “I think we’re doing something Vegas has never seen before and that’s authentic barbeque, cooked and hand-carved on-site for a real smokehouse experience.”

Serving familiar and comforting barbeque dishes taken up a notch, Mabel’s BBQ will feature favorites like Smoked Brisket and Pork Belly seasoned with Symon’s signature blend of Eastern European spices and served by the half pound. Other classics include sandwiches such as Pulled Chicken, Brisket or Pork Tacos with onions, cilantro, radish, lime and cotija. Pig Parts, a Mabel’s BBQ signature, includes selections of crispy tails, ears and cracklings, all paired with classic sides like Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese and Poppy Seed Coleslaw.

The bourbon and tap craft beer bar program will be heavily localized, incorporating a significant portion of Nevada-based producers, in addition to limited release bourbons. The rotating draft beer selection will be poured directly from the cooler line, adjusting temperatures based on the brew, while Mabel’s BBQ’s staff will help guide guests through the heavily curated bourbon list.

“We’re very much looking forward to introducing Michael and Mabel’s BBQ to the Las Vegas dining scene here at Palms,” said Jon Gray, General Manager of Palms Casino Resort. “Michael has created a casual gathering place where everyone feels at home, whether they are guests of the Palms or Vegas locals.”

Located on the main floor of the Palms immediately adjacent to the main entrance, Mabel’s BBQ captures the high energy of Las Vegas, offering a communal dining experience outfitted with large TVs. Designed by Parts and Labor and Modeled after West Side Market, Cleveland’s oldest food hall, Mabel’s BBQ boasts arched ceilings, exposed brick walls and industrial lighting, reminiscent of a traditional smokehouse. Mabel’s BBQ will also feature a back patio, complete with games, local draft beers and frozen cocktails with a focus on tequila and agave-based spirits, a custom food truck, and space for live entertainment. Unique to the Las Vegas outpost will be Sara’s, a first-of-its-kind Meateasy, tucked away behind the walls of the restaurant.

Mabel’s BBQ is the second of three chef-driven concepts to open at the Palms as part of its $690 million remodel. This follows Marc Vetri’s Vetri Cucina which opened in November, with Bobby Flay’s Shark to open in March 2019. Other dining options coming to Palms in 2019 include Greene St. Kitchen and Michelin-starred dim sum Tim Ho Wan.

Mabel’s BBQ is located at Palms Resort, 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NY 89103. For additional information, please visit www.palms.com or keep up with the restaurant on social media @mabelsbbqlv.

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About Michael Symon

Michael Symon cooks with soul, having grown up in a Greek and Sicilian family. The Cleveland native shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on Food Network, host of Burgers, Brew & ‘Que on Cooking Channel and formerly as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew. Michael is the chef and owner of more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in downtown Cleveland, locations of B-Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, Angeline at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and Mabel’s BBQ and Sara’s in Las Vegas at Palms Casino Resort. He is also the author of five cookbooks, including Playing With Fire (Clarkson Potter, 2018). When he’s not working, Michael loves cooking at home, playing golf, gardening in the backyard and spending time with his wife Liz and their bulldog Ozzy. Follow along on Instagram @chefsymon.

About Palms Casino Resort

The Palms Casino Resort has been heralded as one of Las Vegas' “must see” gaming and entertainment destinations since its opening in 2001. Following its acquisition by Station Casinos in 2016, the iconic property is now undergoing a $690 million renovation that will touch virtually every aspect of the property and yet again transform Palms into Las Vegas’ most elevated destination by creating a mix of classic Vegas hospitality and extraordinary new art, culinary, music and entertainment experiences featuring world-class partnerships. These partnerships include industry-leading nightlife and entertainment companies such as Clique Hospitality and Live Nation, as well as celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Marc Vetri. The Palms is located just west of the center of the Las Vegas Strip off I-15 on Flamingo Road. To learn more about the Palms and its transformation, visit www.palms.com or connect with us on social via  Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.​