Leaving fine dining Italian cuisine for American BBQ, James Beard nominated and Bravo Top Chef favorite Chef Bruce Kalman opens his first Las Vegas restaurant with business partner Richard Camarota, dubbed Soulbelly BBQ, in the heart of the Downtown's Arts District May 12, 2021.

A veteran chef, Kalman became most known for his time at and ownership of LA's Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market and Pasadena's UNION, where he wowed diners with his Italian cuisine. 

Committed to art of cooking, Kalman has always prided himself on house-crafted dishes created with the best-quality ingredients. In a kismet meeting, Kalman found himself at a charity event also attended by Backbeat BBQ founder and Foo Fighters Front Man Dave Grohl. To help Grohl serve the crowds, Kalman was introduced to the passion, effort and incredible community of American BBQ. From that experience, Soulbelly BBQ was born. 

Cooler Beer & American Whiskey 
Soulbelly BBQ's beer and cocktail program feature American beers like Lone Star and Shiner, alongside locally brewed Nevada beers. Most notably, HUDL Brewing, Soulbelly BBQ's next-door neighbor, is especially brewing the Charred & Shifty – an American red made with Garrison Brothers barrel ashes in the mash. 

Putting the Soulbelly spin on classic cocktails, the menu is dressed with sips including an Old Fashioned and Mint Julip, beside twists like the Sweet Tea Sangria and the Lunch Box.

A Garage With Rustic Soul
This former automotive garage turned restaurant was carefully designed to reflect and honor the culture surrounding American BBQ. Murals on each side of the space showcase iconic figures like the Queen of Texas BBQ and pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz, alongside southern musicians like Koko Taylor and Buddy Guy.

Again tying in Kalman's love for music, the restaurant has a 16-by-8 foot stage, which will soon become home to live musicians. A few special accent features include Soulbelly BBQ's mascot, an antique metal pig now named "Lambchop," and the vintage beverage cooler parked near the front of the restaurant. 

Kalman says, "I came to Las Vegas because a chef friend of mine convinced me it was a great place to start a business. I've been so warmly welcomed by the incredible culinary and business community. I want Soulbelly to be something special that celebrates the amazing soul of Las Vegas and its people. We've held a series of pop-ups to build momentum, but it's finally time to show the city of Las Vegas what we've been smoking!" 

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Address & Hours
1327 S Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104

11 a.m.-Midnight 

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