OCI graduate Chef Alvin Cailan debuted his second location of Eggslut at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas this past weekend. Open seven days a week, Chef Alvin’s menu consists of breakfast-only dishes served day and night.
Eggslut, the food-truck-turned-food-stand at the Grand Central Market in Los Angeles was Chef Cailan’s first adventure in 2011. Since then he opened Ramen Champ, which he’s since sold; and a kitchen incubator called Unit 21. Expanding to Las Vegas was a step he hadn’t expected to take for many years.
Cosmopolitan CEO Bill McBeath came to Los Angeles to stand in Eggslut’s line, on the recommendation of his daughter, a USC student. He waited 30 minutes to get an egg sandwich — then got back in line and waited another 30 minutes for his second.
When McBeath approached Eggslut Chef Cailan, Cailan said he was “shocked and stoked. I mean, my idols are there,” said Cailan. “Thomas Keller, Jose Andres. I thought we were like a decade away from actually being a part of the Las Vegas food scene — if that.”
Next up for Chef Cailan — opening two more units in California, Venice later this summer and Glendale this fall.