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Aria Resort & Casino welcomes Proper Eats

23 September 2022

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Industry trendsetter Clique Hospitality will bring together a collection of highly sought-after imports and only-in-Las Vegas destinations with Proper Eats, an elevated food hall serving eclectic cocktails and global cuisine opening in early winter. Set to the stunning architectural design of Alessandro Munge, Proper Eats will span 24,000 square feet on the second level promenade of ARIA Resort & Casino.

Clique, which is behind more than a dozen incomparable destinations in San Diego and Las Vegas, is curating 12 palate-pleasing concepts that include four of the company's own creations, plus several in-demand restaurants and bars.

"This is a dream destination for me," said Andy Masi, founder of Clique Hospitality. "Our team is bringing together cocktails and cuisine from some of our favorite places in the world in one strikingly beautiful space in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip."

First to sign on among Proper Eats offerings are the first Seoul Bird outside of London; the only Wexler's Deli outside of Los Angeles; New York's breakfast-centric Egghead by Tao Group Hospitality; and Clique's newly created Temaki, serving fresh, innovative handrolls and other modern sushi dishes.

"The addition of Proper Eats to ARIA's food and beverage portfolio will deliver a fun and lively communal dining experience to our resort,” said ARIA President & COO Anton Nikodemus. “Every detail has been carefully curated – from creative concepts to venue design – bringing together a first-class culinary epicenter that is approachable with a variety of options to choose 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 again."

Seoul Bird was created by Judy Joo and Andrew Hales, who have worked together for over 10 years to create a number of exciting restaurants. Inspired by both Judy's Korean American heritage and the duo's food tours across South Korea, which have seen them eat their way from Seoul to Busan numerous times, Seoul Bird is built on the foundations of Korean cooking and flavors. Their passion for Korean food, particularly Korea's famous fried chicken, led them to create this unique concept, serving high quality chicken bursting with flavor.

Famous for tradition, craftsmanship and quality, Wexler's Deli serves old-school Jewish deli classics. Known for their handcrafted pastrami and smoked salmon, Wexler's Deli is the only deli in Los Angeles to smoke and hand-slice all meat and fish in-house.

Bringing delicious egg-centric sandwiches from Manhattan to Las Vegas, Egghead offers a modern spin on the classic breakfast. Reflecting a nerdy, almost fanatical approach to the ideal egg sandwich, the signature dish is made on fresh-baked potato brioche bread, paired with eggs and cheese. Bolstered by an all-day menu of classic, contemporary comfort food, Egghead appeals equally to hotel guests and locals.

Inspired by the tradition of enjoying handrolls as they are prepared so the rice is warm and the fish is chilled, Temaki offers fresh sushi, made to order, highlighting sustainably caught seafood.

Italian Canadian designer Munge and his award-winning firm, Studio Munge, have designed Proper Eats blending modern simplicity with tailored sophistication for an energetic, stylish atmosphere. With an eye-appealing bar as the centerpiece, Proper Eats has been designed to encourage guests to wander from place to place.

Masi has partnered with hospitality leaders, Jason McLeod, culinary director of Proper Eats, and Oliver Wharton, founder of A Perfect Bite, to curate a collection of incomparable destinations for the design and culinary-focused food hall. Previously 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 the foremost hospitality experts in Las Vegas and has worked alongside renowned chefs, Jose Andres and Michael Mina, as well as has held pivotal roles within some of the city's hottest restaurants and clubs.

Clique has enhanced the hospitality landscapes of San Diego and Las Vegas through more than a dozen dining, cocktail and entertainment destinations including Lionfish Coastal Cuisine at the Pendry and Serea in the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego; and The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails and Eight Cigar Lounge in Las Vegas.

Studio Munge is the fresh iteration of Munge's 20 years of experience creating extraordinary interiors. Driven to creating unforgettable design, Studio Munge has cultivated award-winning projects based on partnerships with the world's preeminent hotel and restaurant groups, development companies, and top chefs.

 
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