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ARIA Closes Skybox, Adding Pizza Joint FIVE50

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 9th January 2013 3:57pm
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ARIA has closed the Skybox sportsbook food joint thingy and are replacing it with a brand new pizza joint called FIVE50 from Sage chef Shawn McClain. Details, including interview with the chef are at LA Times Travel.

Looks like Cosmopolitan's secret pizza joint isn't so secret after all.

This is a great idea. ARIA needs more quick bite takeaway joints beyond JPP (that aren't chains) That they are doing this in house and not renting to the highest bidder is a great idea.

This is the second dining change at ARIA inspired by Cosmopolitan's neighborly existence.

Internal ARIA documents procured by VT in advance of Cosmopolitan's opening showed that the Aria brain trust was concerned about some of Cosmopolitan's dining offerings and connected dots from Sirio to Scarpetta & DOCG, Jean Georges & Union to STK, Julian Serrano to Jaleo, BarMasa to Blue Ribbon, Blossom to China Poblano (?!?!) Sage to Comme Ca (!!?!), Skybox to Holsteins and Cafe Vettro to The Henry.

Nobody really knew what to expect from China Poblano and matching it up with a traditional Chinese restaurant proved to be an error. Chef Andres even sees the error as the China part of the restaurant has slowly begun to fade away. Javier's, while offering more traditional Mexican fare, is most definitely a response to China Poblano.

The documents also did not mention Cosmo's secret pizza joint and saw the pizza threat coming from DOCG which would have been handled by adjusting Sirio's menu to offer "gourmet pizza."

Another interesting item to note is that the SLS was planning on having a pizza joint with a similar name 800°. So which is the best temperature to cook pizza 550° or 800°? FOOOD FIGHT!

Tagged: aria   dining   cosmopolitan   pizza   five50   skybox   


Comments & Discussion:

As good as another pizza place will be, I'm sad to see Skybox (to go) go honestly. It was great as a quick alternative to room service food at a lower price. I guess the Zarkana box office they made out of the old booth makes more sense though. At least it will help get people off the floor up to the upper level.

Wow, two neighborign casinos have similar food offerings? Woulda never thunk it...just saying, that's all.

Competition makes people do strange things I guess

Skybox wasn't particularly good (in my experience) so I'm not disappointed.

That said, one of their salads did inspire a recipie of my own.

Shawn McClain pizza makes me happy. Sage is an awesome joint and Shawn McClain is one of the few Aria chefs that aren't just imports from Bellagio, so it will help distinguish Aria out from the other MGM properties a bit further.

While I did like Skybox, I love Sage and, most importantly as Chuck mentioned, the change is in house. Not another outside franchise like 1/2 the rest of the strip is doing and Aria did with Javiers.

I'm looking forward to trying this place. Not particularly enthused about Rockwell's involvement.

I hated Skybox, but I do like that Skybox To Go is now a Zarkana ticket booth.

Well... Since no one else will say it...

They should have called it Tree-fiddy.

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