This favorite hangout pairs great wine with art adding good conversation

By Debbie Hall

Grape Street Café has been in business since 1997 and, 14 years later, is still thriving as the place to go to enjoy a glass of wine, dine or share in the many events involving music and art.

Chef John McKibben, owner and chef, offers, “An extensive menu (which) allows my customers to come to Grape Street Café a couple of times a week and have choices. One person at the table can have a four-cheese pizza and another can order the filet Oscar.

“Our customers have favorite items on the menu so we don’t change those, but offer seven to eight daily specials to keep it interesting.”

Chef McKibben also gives credit to his staff. “Dan Bessent, our general manager and wine director, has been here for 11 years; our manager, Michelle Elefante, for 14 years; sous chef, Laio has been here 13 years and Troy, another of our sous chefs, has been here 10 years.”
“Our customers want to see familiar faces and favorite menu and wine choices.”

But the chef realizes it takes more than a great menu and wonderful staff to make a restaurant a success.

“I worked as executive chef at Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens in Liberace’s Plaza while I completed my hotel restaurant and finance degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I worked 60-70 hours a week and learned everything about the restaurant business from payroll and plumbing to how to repair the air conditioning unit and refrigerator. You have to know everything about the restaurant business to be successful and they (owners Chuck and Helen Harris) made it possible.”

Grape Street Café has earned a “very good to excellent” rating from Zagat for its food, Gayot ranks it among the “best examples of the California cuisine experience” and one of the “Top 10 Wine Bars in Las Vegas.”

Location & Information Grape Street Cafe
7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., # 120
Las Vegas, NV 89128