Las Vegas will get its first all-vegan bar with the opening of Bar Boulevard set to open later this month.
The venue is the product of a partnership between Darren Picone and local vegan chef, Steven the Vegan. According to LiveKindly, the two met while working at Vegan Meals by Mindy, a Las Vegas-based vegan ready meal company. Steven the Vegan is also in charge of the plant-based catering service, Human(e) Food 702.
“From there a friendship blossomed and the concept evolved,” Angel Alonzo, creative director and kitchen manager for Bar Boulevard, told news outlet Vegans, Baby. “We are a small unconventional family that simply wants to bring life and color to the neighborhood and make a change in the world.” Alzonzo later noted that Bar Boulevard hopes to redefine the misconceptions surrounding vegan food and welcome skeptics into a new, deliciously entertaining culinary world.
This new opening is part of a major trend in Las Vegas. “The opening of [Bar Boulevard] further solidifies Las Vegas’ burgeoning vegan scene,” said Diana Edelman, founder of Vegans Baby to LiveKindly. “It’s been an incredible year so far with more vegan restaurants opening this year than in any year prior. In the next few months, expect even more vegan restaurants opening,” she added.
“Between the new vegan restaurants opening, the restaurants I’m in conversations with to create and offer vegan menus and the early confirmation of major restaurants eager to participate in this January’s Veganuary Las Vegas dining month, it’s apparent that the vegan scene in Las Vegas is thriving,” Edelman affirmed.
Expanding the current trend of vegan restaurants headed to the valley, newcomer Bar Boulevard will also be adding a plant-based cocktail bar experience to the mix. Located at 3315 Russell Road, the bar will take over the easy-to-spot corner building at the Pecos Plaza retail center, at the intersection of Russell and Pecos Roads.
The 2,415-square-foot corner space, featuring a prominent raised roof, will take advantage of an existing dog-friendly patio area on two sides of the restaurant. It joins fellow plaza dining neighbors La Papaya Deli and Hometown Eats.
Bar Boulevard is scheduled to debut on July 30, Bar Boulevard will be highlighted by craft beer and cocktail recipes prepared by experienced mixologists.
Executive chef Steveo Vegano is overseeing the kitchen, that so far has previewed pad Thai noodles among its 100 percent vegan menu.
Bar Boulevard is set to be open 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily with extended hours once they’re up and running.