By Judy Thorburn
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance
Hussong's Cantina Celebrates its Grand Opening at Mandalay Place
Hussong’s Cantina located at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place on the Las Vegas Strip held its grand opening celebration on January 21. And, for the evening’s guests it also marked an inspirational milestone. A packed crowd was on hand to witness Scott Frost, the president of Titan Nightlife Group, the developer behind Hussong’s Cantina in Vegas, stand up from his wheelchair and take 18 steps to the first bar seat at his new venue with fiancé Megan Powell at his side.
Frost was seriously injured on May of 2009 in an off-road motorcycle accident that resulted with him being paralyzed from the neck down. Determined to not let this become a set-back, he negotiated the leasing, financing and development of Hussong’s alongside his partner Jeff Marks, from his hospital bed and Desert Canyon Rehabilitation, where he spent 70 days. He has been in physical therapy and is making great progress. While still wheelchair bound, he was determined to walk into his new restaurant at the VIP grand opening without any mechanical assistance, a goal he achieved with rock n’ roll mariachis and proud friends and family lining his path. After accomplishing this major feat Frost addressed the crowd, reminding everyone to focus on the important things in life and thanking everyone for making his dream a reality.
With that, the crowd had true reason to celebrate, enjoying the festivities that included samplings of Hussong’s Original Margaritas, a plethora of tequilas, and signature menu item such as chicken and/or beef tacos, grilled corn kernels with grated cheese, a Mexican shrimp cocktail, and cream filled churros for dessert, from Executive Chef Noe Alcala. The evening’s festivities also included musical entertainment by the aforementioned rock and roll mariachis. A pair of vivacious senoritas, who called themselves Heather the Feather and Mighty Mel, also mingled among the guests in helping to get the crowd in the partying mood.
The 3,700-square-foot Vegas outpost of Hussong’s Cantina embodies all the charms of the original Ensenada landmark that was established in 1892, right down to the façade, exterior signage and a replica of the rustic green and red bar.
“Hussong’s Cantina is a well-known rite of passage for Southern Californians,” said Scott Frost, “The authenticity and the vibe
of the original Hussong’s will be a large component of our Vegas outpost. Our plan is to serve great food and throw the best party every night.”
If the Grand Opening celebration is any indicator, that’s a sure bet.
Hussong’s Cantina will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., seven days a week.