The Great Las Vegas Coffee Shop Giveaway

LAS VEGAS – As the six finalists in “The Great Las Vegas Coffee Shop Giveaway” prepare to cook for the judges, beginning on April 5, each group will test their dishes at Vegas Test Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas when they cook sample menu items for the general public.  YESCO is proud to partner with Dapper Industries and will provide a sign to the winner.

The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Random Act Diner (Chef Khai Vu, Luis De Santos, Dia Young, Freddie Paloma)
    • April 1: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • April 2:  2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Savage Fine Diner & Tavern (Christopher Jones, Chuck Fromer, Glen Rogers)
    • April 8: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • April 9: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • The Tipsy Buffalo (Kevin Kwan, Richie Liu)
    • April 15:  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • April 16:  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Dinette (Nick A. Della Penna, Trent Jones, Jerad Howard)
    • April 22:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • April 23:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Simple Diner (Chef Stacey Dougan, Uniquea Taylor, Maribel Alvarez, Jen Falcione, Jenn Tramaglino)
    • April 29:  9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • April 30:  9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Winnie & Ethels Downtown Diner (Aaron Lee, Mallory Gott)
    • May 6:  12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • May 7:  12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Each team will be able to change up their menus to help test various items and determine which selections they want to serve to the judges the following Tuesday after their public events. Full responsibilities and expectations for using VTK will be provided by Founder, Jolene Mannina. Additional information and reservations can be found at Reservations can be made on the website, however walk-ins are more than welcome at all events. Guests will be charged prices set by each individual team, with 10% of their proceeds donated to Vegas Test Kitchen.

Judging for each team will take place the Tuesday following their public event. Judges include   J Dapper, Cory Harwell (Carson Kitchen, Butcher & Thief), John Simmons (Firefly, Tacos & Beer, Graze) and Marc Marrone (Nice Hospitality --Graffiti Bao, skinnyFATS).

Located in the historic Huntridge Shopping Center on Charleston Blvd (1120 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89104) in Downtown Las Vegas, Dapper Companies is turning over to one lucky chef or restaurateur, a brand new nearly 3,000-square-foot custom-designed restaurant fully built out with furniture, fixtures and equipment, branding, signage and marketing plan, making it ready to open for business. The estimate to build out and brand the endeavor is more than $950,000 in goods and services.

The winning restaurant will be designed, built, furnished and equipped with goods and services from incredibly dedicated partners who are the tops in their industry. Partners include: Dapper Companies, YESCO, Hydro Studios, AAA Restaurant Supply, Meadows Bank, RAD Studio, National Technology Associates, Ava Rose Agency, Design Concepts, The Humblewood Company, Dollar Loan Center, Core Advisory Partners, Sysco, Signature Management and VVCard Merchant Services, Signature Management, Misko Art, Vegas Chamber and Emser Tile, with more coming onboard.

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