MEET: Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer:

Crafty restaurant taps into the Las Vegas food scene

Chris Barish, left, and Joe Isidori own Black Tap Burgers Las Vegas, the brand’s first location outside of New York Guests at the Venetian can try Black Tap’s burgers and gravity-defying milkshakes across from the resort’s poker room.

Describe your restaurant.

Black Tap is a modern evolution of the neighborhood luncheonette and burger joint. Our menu features a wide range of burgers, including burger salads, Korean barbecue wings and sides. Our signature CrazyShake milkshakes are known worldwide for their over-the-top, whimsical decorations and flavors.

What sets you apart from other craft burger eateries?

Black Tap isn’t just about burgers — it’s an experience. Menu-wise, everything we do has craft at heart. We go beyond our craft burgers and craft burger salads with our craft cocktails, craft beers and CrazyShakes.

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

• Address: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas (at the Venetian)

• Phone: 702-414-2337

• Website:

• Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday

• Owned/operated by: Chris Barish and Chef Joe Isidori

• In business since: 2017 locally

Design-wise, we incorporate original street art, installations and neon art throughout our space. We work closely with artists. We showcase our kitchen and shake bar to let our guests be a part of the experience.

Also, our music is a big part of Black Tap, featuring old-school ’90s hip-hop and ’80s pop. All of this adds up to make each guest experience exciting.

What’s the fundamental difference about Black Tap New York and Black Tap Las Vegas?

Black Tap Las Vegas combines our downtown New York roots with the energy and excitement of Las Vegas. It is important to us to be a strong part of our local community. Here, we have doubled down on our design to elevate the experience. We have curated a brand new craft cocktail list and added a flight menu. We’re also debuting a new burger — the Truffle Burger — as well as the first-ever CrazyShake milkshake bar.

What is your business philosophy?

In the restaurant/hospitality business, you have to wake up every day and put your best foot forward by delivering the best possible product and experience for your guests. It’s so important to remember why you’re doing it and to always do it with a smile.

What’s the best business advice you’ve received?

Do what you’re good at and surround yourself with people who are doing the same. Trust your instincts. Be confident. Always make sure you’re having fun.

What’s the most challenging aspect of opening a restaurant in Las Vegas?

There are so many things that need to come together and align to get the doors open. Working with the Venetian has made the process as good as can be. We have been so lucky to find a great staff who are a great face and heart for the restaurant.

You’re opening a Black Tap at the Downtown Disney District this year. Beyond that, do you see any expansion locally or regionally in the near future?

Right now, we’re solely focused on making our Las Vegas location the best it can be and getting Disneyland open. It’s going to be an exciting year.