Vital Vegas

Clique’s Salute is Out at Red Rock Resort, Replacement Rumored

If you stick to The Strip and downtown when you visit Las Vegas, you won’t care too much about this news. Keep reading, anyway. You’re probably at work, and it’s a way of sticking it to The Man.

Clique Hospitality’s Salute Trattoria Italiana at Red Rock Resort is set to close by the end of 2017, as foretold in a story back in June 2017.

“Salute” is a way of saying “cheers” in Italian. An alternative is “cin cin,” which means “to your health.”

Red Rock Resorts is rumored to be phasing out five under-performing Clique restaurants, although the company has denied it’s doing so.

The company’s partnership with Clique isn’t ending, as Clique will operate new venues (unrelated to food) at Palms resort as part of its $485 million overhaul.

In an awkward turn of events, we’ve learned Salute is likely to be replaced with another Italian restaurant.

A source says the new restaurant will be operated by LDV Hospitality, the folks behind Scarpetta, the Italian eatery at Cosmopolitan.

While our experience at Scarpetta wasn’t particularly memorable, we have high hopes for the new offering at Red Rock Resort, about 20 minutes west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Since we’re learning foreign languages, try this: “Ute” is Swedish for “out,” as in “Salute is out at Red Rock Resort.” That’s really how the sign looked during our recent visit.

LDV Hospitality has a solid track record with bars and restaurants.

It remains to be seen whether Red Rock Resorts will continue to purge its remaining Clique Hospitality restaurants.

Clique Bar & Lounge at Cosmopolitan is by all accounts a hit, but Clique’s track record with food offerings is sketchy at best. Our meal at Clique’s The Still at Mirage was one of the worst we’ve ever had, although we hear management has changed since our visit, so the current menu may actually be survivable.

While a restaurant closing can be disruptive to employees, as one eatery closes, another tends to open, so we look forward to seeing what Italian temptations will soon make their way to Red Rock Resort.