Restaurant News and Notes: M&M Soul Food Cafe and Casa Don Juan Expand

Two long-standing local stalwarts are expanding their operations.

M&M Soul Food Cafe, arguably Las Vegas’ favorite spot for southern and soulful cuisine since 2006, opened a second location Jan. 1 at 2211 S. Las Vegas Blvd., in the shadow of the stratosphere. The new spot is bigger than the original on West Charleston, which isn’t going anywhere.

Downtown Mexican Main Street Casa Don Juan plans to expand with a second restaurant near Summerlin at 1780 N. Buffalo Drive. Northwesterners should be able to get their fix of carnitas and margaritas in February.

Meanwhile, on the Strip, another casual Mexican restaurant is celebrating five years of partying. Hussong canteen at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place — the first American outpost of Mexico’s oldest cantina — celebrates by serving $5 buckets of Tecate and a $25 birthday margarita loaded with five shots of Sauza Blue Reposado, batter vanilla cake topper, strawberry syrup, whipped cream and sprinkles in a keepsake chalice. There are also new menu items, but it’s hard to top a birthday cake hybrid margarita, isn’t it?

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