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American Fish to Close

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by PopMegaphone, Apr 3, 2014.

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  1. PopMegaphone

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    This is a shame. I'm a fan of AF. From VegasChatter:

    There will be a new Michael Mina concept:

    Full Story: http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/2014/4/3/203653/1241/vegas-travel/At+Aria%2C+American+Fish+Out%2C+Michael+Mina+Still+In
     
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    What a disappointment! I really like American Fish.
     
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    This brasserie trend is getting a little cringeworthy. They seem to be popping up liek mushrooms these days.
     
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    I will add to the chorus of disappointment. I really liked the place. When Aria first opened, I thought AF was one of its best dining options. Fortunately, dining at Aria has improved in recent years. But I will still miss this place
     
  5. vegas_or_bust

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    Very surprising news. We had another great meal there in November. I wonder why it's closing? I can't recall ever hearing any negative feedback about AF.
     
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    Money. It's always about money. I had heard AF was one of the lower performing restaurants in Aria.
     
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    Might have to check it out before it's gone.
     
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    That does not surprise me. Just from personal observation, the crowds were never as big there as the neighboring restaurants.

    Which brings a larger observation to mind. Seems to me, most visitors in vegas equate fine dining with steak. Seems like every time I play with some high rollers or see a large group of people asking a dealer or host where to eat, they are specifically asking which steakhouse to eat at.
     
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    Unfortunately fine dining in Vegas has been in decline for some time. This is just another data point.

    To be candid, in Aria I thought Bar Masa would go first.
     
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    I think you are on to something here. You hardly ever see the prominent steakhouse closing their doors.

    I am from the Midwest, so the last thing I want in Vegas is a steak, as I can get the same quality steak for half the price back home. However, I certainly understand the attraction for people from the coasts that don't enjoy a good steak as often as people do in the Midwest.
     
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    The best meals I have had in Vegas have both been at Mina fish restaurants (Seablue and Michael Mina)
     
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    You need to provide me with some good tip of quality steakhouses in the midwest then (preferable Chicago). Whenever i go i pay the same amount for a quality steak in midwest as i do on the west or east coast. Half the price sure sounds alluring.

    Also does anyone know when American Fish will be closing?
     
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    The article says July.
     
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    I don't know how I forgot about Seablue. I ate at the Vegas and Atlantic City locations and both were absolutely phenomenal.
     
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    Thanks, don't know have i missed that. I be there in June so i guess i have time for one last visit then.
     
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    I am really unhappy to hear this! I have a list of potential restaurants for our July trip and American Fish was near the top. I don't eat steak, or any other meat, for that matter. I just don't like it, never have. Now I am going to have to look for other seafood places.
     
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    Right--AF never seemed very full. I think it is the location--you have to really be trying to go there. Sirio always looks empty too.

    I avoid steakhouses, and one reason I like Aria is the variety of restaurants. Many visitors (even high rollers) have limited experience with fine dining and imagine incorrectly that the best restaurant is going to be a steakhouse. Some others just like meat.
     
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    If AF is closing due to slow sales, how the hell is Sirio still open? That place is a ghost town every time I've been by there!
     
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    I formed good relationships with some of the staff at AF. They admitted the restaurants on the 2nd floor have struggled due to their out-of-the-way location. There is almost zero foot traffic, consequently customers only find those restaurants when they're explicitly looking for them. The restaurants were located there with the belief that the cirque show would drive walk-up business, but it didn't pan out that way.

    Anyway, it appear Mina is making his Vegas empire more casual. That's unfortunate, because his pub in MGM is horribly mediocre.
     
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    Yes, Mina does better on the high end but his burger pubs are probably more profitable. The bar staff at AF is excellent, I wonder where they will go?
     
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