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Felicia Mello

  • Urban Epicurean

    Anthony Bourdain’s Downtown Las Vegas Adventure Airs Sunday

    By Felicia Mello

    Is Las Vegas the true cultural center of America? Anthony Bourdain asks that question in the surprisingly poetic intro to this coming Sunday’s episode of his CNN series Parts Unknown. The chef and TV personality spent much of his highly-anticipated visit last fall Downtown, and the episode opens at the Huntridge Tavern where, Bourdain says, locals who […]

  • Urban Epicurean

    Makers & Finders Brings Artisan Coffee to Main Street—Without the Attitude

    By Felicia Mello

    Ask the average Downtowner about her wish list for the neighborhood, and chances are “another decent coffee shop” ranks high—right up there with a real, full-service grocery store. But what Makers & Finders Coffee owners Joshua Molina and Valeria Varela have in mind for a former furniture store space on Main Street near Charleston is […]

  • Urban Epicurean

    Celery Suckers are Coming! MTO Cafe Opens in October

    By Felicia Mello

    To the flurry of planned Downtown restaurant launches this fall (see Wild, Scullery, and the restaurants of Container Park), add MTO, a casual café set to open across from City Hall in October.

  • Downtown News

    Could Downtown Become America’s Fire Art Capital?

    By Felicia Mello and Nicole Ely

    "One of the things we're excited about is bringing a lot of fire-burning elements Downtown. There's no city that really owns the concept of fire yet," Tony Hsieh said Monday during a speech at SXSW V2V, a technology and creativity conference held at the Cosmopolitan.

  • Urban Epicurean

    Will Las Vegas’ Food Trucks Unite?

    By Felicia Mello

    “It’s going to be a war zone,” one food truck operator confided. He was talking about one of the first public meetings of the Las Vegas Food Truck Association, a new group formed to organize and advocate for the city’s gourmet mobile eateries.

  • Style

    The Haute Wheels Couture of Bunker Hill Bradley

    By Felicia Mello

    From the age of four, Bunker Hill Bradley was obsessed with drawing cars. But after years of designing autos for the likes of GM and Nissan, Bradley traded in his macho roadster bonafides to navigate a new set of curves: women’s bodies. The Vegas fashion designer’s high-octane past shows through in the clingy poly-spandex dresses […]

  • These Women Are All Business

    By Felicia Mello

    Nationally, about 40 percent of businesses are owned by women. We’re not sure what the figure is here in Downtown Las Vegas, but it’s clear that women helm many of the enterprises at the heart of downtown’s revitalization—from Eat to The Beat. In honor of Women’s History Month, DTLV profiles five women-owned businesses you may […]

  • Talking Downtown

    Should Downtowners Just Build Our Own Grocery Store?

    By Felicia Mello

    The more new residents (and foodies) flock to Downtown Las Vegas, the more the clamor for a full-service grocery store intensifies (What do we want? Fresh produce! When do we want it? Now!). Downtowners haven’t yet launched a full-scale grassroots movement—but what if we did? That’s what’s happening in the working-class San Francisco Bay Area […]

  • Urban Epicurean

    Esmeralda’s Café: Tasty Pupusas for the Price

    By Felicia Mello

    My old neighborhood in San Francisco was studded with pupuserias: places to eat the stuffed, tortilla-like corn patties that are El Salvador’s most widely-known culinary export. I’d expected it would take me a while to track down decent pupusas in Las Vegas. But then I happened to spy the sign for Esmeralda’s Cafe as I […]