Las Vegas-Based Hospitality Group Expands, Drives Local Dining Scene

Las Vegas – Block16 Hospitality, the locally owned and operated restaurant group powerhouse, announced plans to open Public House, a gastropub-like venue in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian before the end of 2011. This will be Block16’s third restaurant in under a year, having opened The Barrymore in the Royal Resort, located on Convention Center Drive, this September and Holsteins Shakes and Buns in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on New Year’s 2011.


“We want to produce venues that combine what locals and visitors love about the Las Vegas dining scene, while adding a spin on the old school Vegas vibe,” says Billy Richardson, founder of Block16 Hospitality. “People feel welcomed, service is outstanding and then we add in top notch culinary and cocktail creations at an affordable price, and we really set ourselves apart from what has become the Las Vegas norm.”


PublicHouse will offer guests a different experience as a gastropub-like venue featuring an extensive whiskey and cognac program, wine tasting room, more than 24 tap handles ranging from classic lagers to craft brews and an impressiveselection of bottles. Contemporary versions of tavern classics with an emphasis on seasonal high quality produce, seafood and meats will complement the libations. Interior design firm, Seed Design, will create a comfortable, hip atmosphere with natural finishes, reminiscent of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, offering guests a spot for every occasion, from a laid back lunch to late night drinks.


Anthony Meidenbauer, Block16 hospitality corporate executive chef/director of culinary operations, is responsible for the menu concepts for each Block16 venue and brings more than 15 years of culinary experience to the team. His skills, alongside his calm personality and awareness of all things food, have been an essential strength in the rapid expansion of Block16 Hospitality.


“I like to create straightforward food with complex flavor,” says Anthony Meidenbauer, Block16 Hospitality corporate executive chef/director of culinary operations. “Our menus are both serious and fun, adding some whimsy into traditional cuisine so it’s approachable for all.”


In addition to The Barrymore and Public House, Block16’s impressive portfolio also includes Holsteins Shakes and Buns, LBS Burger, LBS Patty Wagon food truck and the Vegas outpost of Pink’s Hot Dogs.


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