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2 Chainz is Headed to Vegas with His Esco Restaurant & Tapas

2 Chainz’s Esco Restaurant & Tapas Coming To Vegas
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*2 Chainz will be featured in a restaurant residency program in Las Vegas with Pepsi Dig In as part of an effort to spotlight Black chefs and restaurateurs across the country.

Starting September 30, 2 Chainz is bringing his favorite dish – Blackened Salmon Alfredo Pasta – a featured item at his Atlanta restaurant Esco Restaurant & Tapas — to Mandalay Bay’s Libertine Social and Luxor’s Public House for four weeks through October 27, according to a press release. Fans can also try his signature tropical tequila cocktail with STARRY throughout the residency until February 6.

“This is the second year of the Pepsi Dig In Restaurant Royalty Residency in partnership with MGM Resorts International following its success in 2022 to drive visibility, awareness, and business opportunities for Black-owned restaurants on a national scale,” the news release states. 

“No matter your background, building and running a restaurant is a constant grind but that’s what makes the rewards, like this residency, worth it. Opportunities for this kind of exposure in Vegas can be life changing for businesses. It’s great to see brands like Pepsi Dig In and MGM put the power of their platforms behind these talented Black entrepreneurs, and it’s a privilege to be among them,” said 2 Chainz.

“Las Vegas provides a valuable culinary stage and unparalleled business opportunity for restaurateurs. In partnership with MGM Resorts International, the Pepsi Dig In Restaurant Royalty Residency Program is putting Black-owned restaurants and chefs in front of foodies from around the world,” said Scott Finlow, CMO of PepsiCo Global Foodservice.

2 Chainz’s Esco Restaurant & Tapas Coming To Vegas
2 Chainz’s Blackened Salmon Alfredo Pasta

Per the release, the Pepsi Dig In Restaurant Royalty Residency at Mandalay Bay’s Libertine Social and Luxor’s Public House will begin on September 30 and run through February 6, featuring dishes from Black-owned eateries across the country that include:

  • Esco Restaurant & Tapas, Co-Founders 2 Chainz and Mychel “Snoop” Dillard (Atlanta, GA) – Sept. 30 to Oct. 27, 2023
    • With several locations across the country, this restaurant-by-day and lounge-by-night is known for its seafood and Southern dishes. Vegas foodies will get a taste of one of 2 Chainz’s favorites, the Blackened Salmon Alfredo Pasta, featuring Cajun-seasoned fish over classic alfredo. Fans can also enjoy 2 Chainz’s own cocktail creation throughout the residency.
  •  Cranky Granny’s Sweet Rolls, Owner Sianni Dean (Pflugerville, TX) – Sept. 30 to Oct. 27, 2023
    • Voted the number one Black-owned restaurant by fans via Pepsi Dig In’s Restaurant Royalty contest initiative, Cranky Granny’s Sweet Rolls is serving its Churro Cinnamon Roll with a classic cream cheese glaze, chocolate and caramel drizzle. The dessert is finished with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a strawberry.
  • Taylor’s Tacos, Co-Owners Taylor and Maya Mason (Chicago, IL) – Oct. 28 to Nov. 24, 2023
    • Specializing in authentic street style tacos with soul, Taylor’s Tacos will be serving their Extra-Juicy Chicken Tacos with braised chicken thigh, secret salsa, cilantro, cheese, and lime in crisped corn tortillas.
  • Blk Swan, Executive Chef and Co-Owner Saon Brice (Baltimore, MD) – Nov. 25 to Dec. 15, 2023
    • Known for their uniquely crafted New American menu, Blk Swan will serve its top-selling seafood risotto with shrimp, scallops, Maryland jumbo lump crab, white wine and sambal, for a heated twist.
  • LoLo’s on The Water, Executive Chef Raymond Mohan and Co-Owner Leticia Skai Young (New York, NY) – Dec. 16, 2023 to Jan. 12, 2024 
    • Inspired by island flavors, LoLo’s on The Water created a new dish exclusively for the residency. The Island BBQ Beef Shank Platter features BBQ beef shank with an achiote glaze, served with Johnny Cakes and honey-rum glazed plantains.
  • Bridgetown Roti, Chef and Owner Rashida Holmes (Los Angeles, CA) – Jan. 13 to Feb. 6, 2024
    • The James Beard Award finalist will bring one of the most popular vegan dishes from her Los Angeles Caribbean pop-up: Curry Channa Doubles – savory Trinidadian-bara bread with curry chickpeas, cucumber chutney, lime and tamarind sauce.

“MGM Resorts continues to deepen our commitment to social impact by focusing on the intersection of culinary excellence and diverse representation,” said Tony Gladney, MGM Resorts International Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “Together with Pepsi, we’re proving that delicious food can drive meaningful change, and we look forward to another year of extraordinary culinary experiences that celebrate diversity and spark meaningful conversations.”

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