It was a family affair when Nellie’s Southern Kitchen opened in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The Jonas Brothers — yes, Frankie Jonas was there too — all came out alongside their parents, Kevin Sr. and Denise Jonas; Kevin’s wife, Danielle Jonas; and Kevin and Danielle’s two daughters, Alena Rose and Valentina Angelina Jonas, to celebrate their new family restaurant at the MGM Grand. The restaurant is inspired by the Jonas family matriarch, Grandma Nellie, and the family’s roots in North Carolina. The Las Vegas Restaurant is the first establishment on the West Coast, with the original restaurant being located in Kevin Sr.’s hometown of Belmont, North Carolina.
With the new Las Vegas restaurant, which was apparently Nick’s brainchild, Kevin Sr. tells POPSUGAR, he hopes visitors can experience the warmth and comfort of true Southern hospitality through their food, live music and all restaurant staff. Grandma Nellie, the Jonas Brothers’ great-grandmother, died in 2011, but her inspiration is felt throughout the restaurant, from the custom decor to the menu, which includes some of her original recipes.
Kevin Sr.’s favorite menu item is chicken and dumplings, while Frankie’s is chicken and gravy, or “The Frankie,” as his parents call him. But he also has a “special place” in his heart for the Caroline sweet potato, his mother’s “special recipe”. Joe loves that fans can now enjoy recipes that have been in his family for years, like cookies and gravy and chicken and dumplings. My personal favorites were the lobster waffle (a Denise recommendation) and the banana pudding (hot take: it’s even better than at Magnolia Bakery).
Grandma Nellie is not only the inspiration for the restaurant, but she has also been a strong pillar for the Jonas family. Kevin says she taught the Jonas Brothers the importance of “gathering around the table” and “taking quality time to eat together,” a lesson the brothers are now passing on to their own children.
Unfortunately, Sophie Turner – who is currently expecting her second child with Joe – and Priyanka Chopra – who recently welcomed daughter Malti Marie Chopra Jonas with Nick – were not present. But Kevin Sr. teased the possibility of taking the international restaurant with a location in Mumbai after being inspired by Chopra and Nick’s Indian wedding in 2018.
In addition to the restaurant opening, the Jonas Brothers kicked off their five-night summer residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM on June 3. They have three shows left on June 9, 10 and 11. Ahead, see photos of the Jonas Brothers and their family at the Las Vegas opening of Nellie’s Southern Kitchen.