Sunday, February 16, 2020

Circa Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Reveals Restaurant Lineup Ahead of December 2020 Opening

Back row, from left: Sonny Ahuja, Don Welch & Dan Coughlin (8 East); Chris Sotiropoulos & Grace Keros (Victory Burger & Wings Co.); Derek Stevens, Greg Stevens; Rob Baker, Mo Pierce & Chef Rex Bernales (Project BBQ)

Front row, from left:  Donnie Rihn, Yassine Lyoubi, Marco Cicione and Chef Barry S. Dakake (Barry’s Downtown Prime); Ann Lofgren, Paul Saginaw & Steve Mangigian (Saginaw’s Delicatessen)

Photo Credits:
Group Shot – Tom Donoghue Photography

Derek Stevens

LAS VEGAS, NV – When Circa Resort & Casino opens its doors in Downtown Las Vegas December 2020, it will unveil an eclectic restaurant lineup featuring five original concepts from a collection of chefs and proprietors revered both locally and around the world. 

Paul Saginaw
Curated by developer and CEO Derek Stevens, each offering will deliver something new to the city as part of Circa Resort & Casino:

  • Saginaw’s Delicatessen from Detroit restaurateur Paul Saginaw, marking the first new restaurant outside Michigan from the masterminds behind Ann Arbor’s famed Zingerman’s;
Chef Barry S. Dakake

  • Barry’s Downtown Prime, the first Downtown venture from Chef Barry S. Dakake;
  • Victory Burger & Wings Co. from American Coney Island’s Chris Sotiropoulos and Grace Keros, the first new concept from the brand’s founding family in more than a century;
Grace Keros and father, Chuck Keros

  • 8 East, the first pan-Asian restaurant from Chef Dan Coughlin;
  • Project BBQ by Chef Rex Bernales, the first permanent food truck and Carolina barbecue joint on the Fremont Street Experience.

Chef Dan Coughlin
“While each owner brings a diverse background to Circa, they are united by the common thread of having a passion for customer service and the Downtown Las Vegas community,” said Stevens. “In addition to incredible food, they will all deliver that spirit of fun and community that is integral to the Circa experience.”

Circa’s restaurant lineup will include the following:

Saginaw’s Delicatessen:

Conceptualized by Michigan legend Paul Saginaw, Saginaw’s Delicatessen will be his first restaurant outside of the region. A lifelong fan of Downtown Las Vegas, Saginaw has collaborated with Stevens to introduce a family-style deli touting sandwiches “so big, you’ll need two hands to eat them.”

Ari Weinzweig

Saginaw is known worldwide for the iconic Zingerman’s Deli – an Ann Arbor institution he opened with partner Ari Weinzweig in 1982 – that’s consistently ranked among the world’s best sandwich joints. A college-aged Stevens used to line up early for the restaurant’s buzzed-about sandwiches, and later opened the Coffee Stand at the D Las Vegas, proudly serving Zingerman’s Coffee. 

Saginaw’s menu will include his famous Reuben and several more of the creative sandwiches for which he’s known. Traditional delicatessen favorites will round out the menu, including matzo ball soup, onion rings, salads, latkes, chopped liver, breakfast specialties and more.

Vintage glamour and hospitality meet modern innovation and design at Barry’s Downtown Prime, the new steakhouse concept from Chef Barry S. Dakake and Make It Happen Hospitality. Barry’s Downtown Prime will deliver the city’s finest steaks and seafood, fresh tableside preparations, creative cocktails and a memorable service experience.

Yassine Lyoubi
Evoking a throwback vibe worthy of Downtown’s legacy, Barry’s will bring guests back to the classic cool of the 50s and 60s when great music and sounds of clinking martini glasses filled the air, the chef greeted you at the table, the bartender knew your favorite cocktail and everyone felt like a VIP. 

Barry’s Downtown Prime was developed by 980 Restaurant Consulting partners Barry S. Dakake and Yassine Lyoubi, which merged with Marco Cicione and Donnie Rihn to create Make It Happen Hospitality.

 Boasting longstanding careers in the Las Vegas food & beverage scene, Chef Dakake was at the helm for restaurants N9NE Steakhouse and Scotch 80 Prime for nearly two decades.

 Lyoubi served as general manager for N9NE Steakhouse and Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, and most recently held the title of director of fine dining at the Palms Resort & Casino. 

Overlooking Circa’s sportsbook, Victory Burger & Wings Co. will be an all-star sports bar experience. Developed by Chris Sotiropoulos and Grace Keros – third-generation owners of Detroit’s 102-year-old American Coney Island – the menu will offer simple items, executed flawlessly.

Gameday staples will include five specialty burgers, wings and appetizers. Following the same business model that made American Coney Island successful for more than a century, the new Circa concept will feature fresh, high-quality ingredients, made to order, in a fun and lively atmosphere.

The star of the show will be the Victory Burger, featuring a ½-pound patty made with a proprietary blend of Angus beef, short rib and brisket topped with a secret sauce.

In an homage to the Midwest, Victory also will serve a twist on the beloved Michigan Olive Burger. Crispy and meaty, diners will love the hearty portions of wings and signature dipping sauces, and no meal will be complete without Victory fries and a pour from its excellent beer selection.

Guests can watch the sports action via TVs throughout the space in addition to a prime view of the massive three-story screen in Circa’s sportsbook. The venue will have its own radio booth, where fans might spot their favorite sports talk show conducting a broadcast on gameday.

Inspired by metropolitan Asian food markets, 8 East will offer Chef Dan Coughlin’s creative takes on pan-Asian cuisine. Spanning Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai dishes, 8 East will have a hip, high-energy atmosphere punctuated by great music and communal dining.

 Sonny Ahuja 

A key player in sparking the Downtown food movement with hotspot Le Thai, Coughlin will introduce new fusion dishes and techniques at 8 East that he’s been keeping in “the vault” – previously tested both at his Thai restaurant and at home for family and friends.

His menu will be full of shareable dishes such as Coughlin’s GaPow basil chicken pot stickers, dumplings, wontons, skewers and steaks. Each will be served with signature Chinese, Szechuan, Shangdu and Thai sauces, amongst others, offering unique flavor combinations for guests to explore.

A beverage program curated by Sonny Ahuja and Don Welch of Downtown Las Vegas’ Bin 702 will feature rare Japanese whiskies and sakes, in addition to specialty cocktails.

Serving up a Southern festival of gourmet smoked meats, Project BBQ at Circa will be Fremont Street Experience’s only permanent food truck and its first Carolina BBQ joint.

Rob Baker and friend

Conceptualized by Chef Rex Bernales, along with partners Rob BakerMo Pierce and Steve Hamlin, Project BBQ’s menu will offer pulled brisket, pork, chicken and more. Its “Garbage Bowl” will include handmade potato chips covered in its signature meats and decked out with a trio of Carolina BBQ, beer and cheese sauces, then topped with applewood-smoked bacon and coleslaw.

Situated on Circa’s exterior, Project BBQ will spill out onto the Fremont Street Experience with a built-in “backyard” for communal gathering. Guests can dine on picnic tables and sip cocktails from Circa’s Fremont Street Experience bar as they enjoy spectacular light shows from Viva Vision overhead and live music from surrounding concert stages.
Circa Resort & Casino will be Downtown Las Vegas’ first ground-up casino resort since 1980. The integrated resort will feature a massive pool open 365 days a year, the world’s largest sportsbook, luxury rooms and suites, and much more.

Additional details will be announced in the coming months. For more information, please visit

Please visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @circalasvegas to stay up to date with more developments. 


Angela Ciciriello
Circa Resort & Casino
Director of Advertising & PR

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JLL arranges loan for new Houston-area retail center

Molly Leinsdorf 

HOUSTON, TX – JLL Capital Markets announced  it has arranged financing for 336 Marketplace, a recently constructed, 471,752-square-foot, grocery-anchored retail power center in the Houston-area community of Conroe, Texas.

JLL worked on behalf of the borrower, Fidelis Realty Partners, to place the 10-year, fixed-rate, non-recourse loan with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

The JLL Capital Markets debt placement team was led by Senior Managing Director Colby Mueck and Analysts Molly Leinsdorf and Tolu Akindele.

 Colby Mueck 
336 Marketplace is situated on 72 acres at the southwest corner of Interstate 45 and South Loop 336 in Conroe, the fastest-growing city (among cities with more than 50,000 residents) in Montgomery County. 

The center’s location within the Grand Central Park masterplan occupies the former Camp Strake site and has more than 36,000 residents earning an average annual household income of nearly $80,000 within a three-mile radius. 

For more news, videos and research resources on JLL, please visit the firm’s U.S. media center Web page: U.S. newsroom.

 Kimberly Steele
JLL Senior Associate
Public Relations
Phone: +1 713 852 3420

TV’s ‘Full House’ in San Francisco Is Back On the Market With Half-Million-Dollar Price Cut

TV's popular 'Full House,' staged in Lower Pacific Heights, offers a 3,728-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath home in San Francisco, CA

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- One of the most-seen homes in television history, the fan-popular Victorian house representing the home of the Tanner family in the 1980’s sitcom Full House has returned to the San Francisco real estate market with a price cut, from $6 million to $5.5 million.

 John Stamos 

In the mid 1980s families would sit in front of the television to watch family-friendly sitcoms before bedtime, according to

Mary-Kate Olsen

Like The Wonder Years, Who’s the Boss? and The Facts of Life, a big favorite was Full House that aired on ABC from 1987 through 1995 and boosted the careers of John Stamos and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Ashley Olsen
The setting for Full House was San Francisco, revolving around sportscaster-dad-turned-morning-talk-show-host Danny Tanner, whose wife had died and left him with a pre-teen daughter and toddler twin daughters.

Candace Cameron Bure
Needing help with the children, Danny’s brother-in-law, Jesse, and stand-up comic friend, Joey, moved in as roommates to help out. Their comedic antics took place in their television home in Lower Pacific Heights.

Jodie Sweetin
The 3,728-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath home, originally built by architect Charles Hinkel Lewis in 1883, has undergone a complete 21st-century redo.

Andrea Barber
 Under the guidance of architect Richard Landry, significant details have been preserved such as the ornate moldings, high ceilings and Corinthian columns.

Rachel Swann 
Updates include an open floor plan, skylights, wide-plank hardwood floors and contemporary-tiled bathrooms. 

The kitchen was transformed with Calcutta Oro marble, Viking appliances and bright blue paint.

 Richard Landry
In 2016, Netflix premiered season one of Fuller House casting original Full House cast members Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber on the same house set as the original.

Now in its fifth and last season, will its final wind-down in popularity place the home under less scrutiny? Neighbors might have their fingers crossed.

Although the homes of celebrities and homes that are celebrities in their own right get international attention, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will sell quicker than a nice home being sold by your average next-door neighbor.
 But for those who might have the dream of owning one of San Francisco’s prettiest homes, the latest price cut to under $5.5 million could make that dream a bit easier.
The listing agent is Rachel Swann of The Agency, San Francisco.


Genelle C. Brown
Content Manager, Media Division
Phone:  434-480-4504

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