Rio Hotel & Casino announced earlier this week that it will join the food hall trend that has taken hold as Las Vegas’s resorts phase out their buffets. Replacing the Carnival World Buffet, Canteen Food Hall will open in January 2024, featuring a “dynamic lineup of first-to-market concepts and Las Vegas favorites.”
“With a balanced mix of familiar favorites and some amazing first-to-market concepts, Canteen Food Hall is going to be a lively space where vibrant flavors and approachable cuisine unite.,” Trevor Scherrer, President and C.E.O. of Rio Las Vegas, said in a press release. “Our partners behind each of these restaurants have been nothing short of exceptional in their commitment to create food experiences that represent the future Rio and we are excited to introduce them to our guests.”
In the coming weeks, What Now will take a closer look at several of the concepts opening in the new food hall.
One brand new concept opening at Canteen Food Hall is Tender Crush, the very first location of a new chicken restaurant.
Tender Crush comes from the culinary imagination of Chris Barish and Julie Mulligan, founders of Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. The new brand will serve New York-style chicken tenders in a variety of sauces, including Bird pepper, White BBQ, and Sweet Sticky Chili.
“Inspired by the melting pot of flavors born of the five NYC Boroughs, Tender Crush delivers New York’s fresh take on chicken tenders,” says a press release from Rio Hotel & Casino. “Available fried or grilled, with a bevy of sides, sandwiches, and sauces, they deliver flavor in a big way!”
What Now reached out to Chris Barish on Friday to inquire about the new concept opening at Canteen Food Hall. Barish was not immediately available for comment.