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Proven California Steakhouse Concept Opens In Las Vegas: Kelly’s Prime Steak and Seafood in old Ruth’s Chris location

Published on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 (3:33 p.m.)

Kelly’s Prime Steak and Seafood has brought its reputation for quality and premier food, drinks and service to Las Vegas. The California-based restaurant has opened in the former Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 3900 Paradise Road and also is re-employing 15 people who were laid off from the highly regarded establishment.

Established in 1958, Kelly’s of Naples is the oldest and most preferred steakhouse in Long Beach on Naples Island, Calif. The restaurant offers a range of classic steakhouse menu items including prime proteins, fresh seafood and produce, and is noted for its farm-to-table and from-scratch practices. Kelly’s also has been named the No. 1 martini bar in Naples by The Long Beach Press Telegram for many years and has been honored with the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

The Kelly’s of Naples team has brought this leading concept and dining experience to Las Vegas, opening in an established successful steakhouse location and also helping the Las Vegas economy, reemploying locals and committing to be a part of the local community.

“This is an iconic location that former owner Marcel Taylor for two decades did a wonderful job at making successful before the economic downturn,” said Kevin Buckley, owner of and broker for First Real Estate Companies, who brokered the deal to bring Kelly’s to Las Vegas. “We are extremely fortunate to be able to bring this established restaurateur to our valley.”

Managing Partners David Davies and Michael Davitt have a wealth of restaurant experience and believe that the Kelly’s concept is just right for Las Vegas.

“Kelly’s brings back to Las Vegas the hearty, well-prepared food, tableside offerings and stellar service that drives people to seek out genuine steakhouses,” said Davies, who also serves as chief operating officer of Kelly’s Prime Steak and Seafood. “In addition to our premier cuts of prime beef, Kelly’s features a large selection of fresh seafood. This component makes us unique compared to other local steakhouses that only offer a few surf options.” He added Kelly’s uses Thisfish, an easy online way to trace a lobster’s journey from the ocean to being served.

“Kelly’s Prime Steak and Seafood in Las Vegas will build on the Kelly’s of Naples concept while bringing back the old school Las Vegas Rat Pack era with cold martinis and great steaks,” said Davitt, who also is chief executive officer of Kelly’s Prime Steak and Seafood. “We’re also featuring nightly live entertainment with a pianist or other musicians to complement that ambiance.”

The Paradise Road location has a history of drawing an enormous following, with a steady clientele who enjoy power lunches and classic dinners. “Those customers will still find the same great food, ambiance, and service,” said Davitt. “Plus we plan to build on the restaurant’s potential in catering to locals, tourists and conventioneers, and also focus on partnering with the local community and the many organizations that strive to make the valley an even better place to live.”

A traditional fine dining prime steak and seafood restaurant, Kelly’s Prime Steak and Seafood serves traditional fare and specialty signatory dishes, such as house-made chicken liver pate, steak tartar, prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, chateaubriand, lobster bisque and Caesar salad. Additionally table-side Steak Diane, strawberries jubilee and bananas foster add a fun flair and enhance the Kelly’s experience. The robust wine list is comparable to the Wine Spectator award-winning selection at Kelly’s of Naples.

With 12,000 square feet, the full-service restaurant can seat approximately 450 and features separate restaurant and banquet kitchens, bar and lounge, private dining rooms, and three banquet rooms for large groups or special events. Off-site catering will be added in the future.

“Our size and design with various room options and separate banquet kitchen and bar areas make Kelly’s perfect for private events,” said Davies, adding the restaurant has ample, accessible and lighted parking in the back.

Kelly’s Prime Steak and Seafood is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. A daily happy hour with half-price beer, well drinks, martinis, house wine and bar menu items is from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For reservations and information, call 702/791-7011 or visit


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