A huge retail and entertainment center is beginning to sign up tenants and is looking to local favorites to create a major new dining hub in the southwest, facing Ikea.

Located on “the bend” of the 215, at West Sunset Road and Durango Drive, The Bend will offer 84,250 square feet of initial retail opportunities, anchored by a 1,584-seat, 13-screen Galaxy Theater.

Current leasing documents confirm Sola Salon Studios and Nail Spa as the first non-dining tenant, taking over second-floor spaces above the movie theater. On the same upper level, downtown’s Bin 702 is penciled to expand from the Container Park, bringing beer, wine, charcuterie, and cheese selections that fill 2,500 square feet, a large upgrade from the 650-square-foot original location.

Closer to Sunset Road, the third local expansion for VegeNation will feature a vegetarian menu inside its largest restaurant yet, taking over 3,900 square feet.

Facing VegeNation, SkinnyFats will have plenty of room to dish out its healthy or “live happy” choices inside a substantial 7,200-square-foot ground-floor space, plus a 3,300-square-foot upper level and surrounded by a 4,000-square-foot patio.

Also on the way, the third Las Vegas home for The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, inside a 2,000-square-foot portion of the western building close to the entrance to an underground garage. Sandwich experts Capriotti’s will fill 1,800 square feet in the similar structure on the opposite side of the entrance.

And the first of three potential drive-thru options will belong to a 3,570-square-foot Johnny Rockets and its casual American fare.

Still to come, developer J Dapper has dropped some potential big names to fill the remaining properties, citing serious conversations with Lotus of Siam, Pizza Rock, Aces & Ales Breweryand the Arts District’s Vesta Coffee Roasters.

The Bend is working toward a late 2019 unveiling.

Once hoped to be serving in Henderson by “summer ’17,” local favorites SkinnyFats now promises that it’s “coming soon” to the neighborhood and has released the address of the new venue.

The home of healthy or “live happy” menu choices has taken over a 4,317-square-foot former Bank of Nevada at 221 N. Stephanie St. On the opposite side of the Stephanie Promenade sits Metro Diner, which launched last September.

This marks the fifth local outpost for the home of SkinnyFat’s quirky all-day breakfast creations and renderings provided by local design team BunnyFish Studio indicate guests will be able to enjoy a “Chicka Wafa Dopolis” out on a new patio.

A previously reported expansion at Henderson’s Beltway Plaza is currently listed as “available for lease” and is not referenced on the SkinnyFats website.

The aggressively growing company may also be moving to Spring Valley. Local developer Dapper Companies is working on a huge retail and leisure hub known as The Bend, located at the corner of Sunset Road and Durango Drive.

Directly facing the Ikea superstore and anchored by a Galaxy movie theater, an early leasing brochure lists Skinnyfats joining Johnny Rockets as a casual dining option. An estimated arrival for the ambitious venture has yet to be announced.

SkinnyFats fans, brace. The restaurant known for its happy and healthy split menu just announced its fourth location, opening in the former Ribs & Burgers space at Downtown Summerlin.

Live Happy, SkinnyFats Now Open in Centennial

Address: 6475 N. Decatur Blvd., #180
Status: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fans of SkinnyFats and their healthy, or “live happy” indulgent menu choices, have been impatiently waiting for their Centennial location to open the doors. Now finally serving, guests can discover a large dining room, their familiar casual and cheery atomsphere, later closing hours and new items planned for the menu.

Located in Centennial’s Shadow Mountain Marketplace, near the intersection of I-215 and Decatur Boulevard and next door to the Best Buy, the third local SkinnyFats features standard table seating, a long communal table running down the middle of the restaurant, booths placed against the walls, plus the option to sit directly facing the open kitchen.

Closing at 10 p.m. daily, one hour later than their original locations at Dean Martin Drive, close to Town Square, and 8680 W. Warm Springs Road in Spring Valley, the inventive SkinnyFats menu features bowls, tacos, burgers and sandwiches and a shifting roster of weekend specials.

Their very popular all-day breakfast creations includes the “Chickawaffadopolis,” made with “fried chicken tenders piled high over a buttermilk waffle, drizzled in syrup and sprinkled with powdered sugar.”

While they have only just caught their breath from this expansion, SkinnyFats confidently responded, “summer 17,” when a Facebook fan inquired when they might be headed to Henderson.

Healthy or happy choice dining will soon be on its way north.

The long-awaited third home for locals SkinnyFats has been locked down, arriving later this year at the Shadow Mountain Marketplace in Centennial. Sitting at the intersection of I-215 and Decatur Boulevard, the outdoor, 350,000-square-foot retail center is anchored by Costco and a Best Buy and is already home to Wing Nutz and the Honey Cakes Cafe.

Skinnyfats have been itching to expand since 2014, when it was part of future dining plans at the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s Las Vegas on the Strip. They were scheduled to join fellow locals Nacho Daddy in sites only now on their way to being occupied by Chicago-import Giordano’spizzeria and the first Nevada outpost of Wahlburgers.

Best know for their dueling menu options, offering healthy or “live happy” indulgent choices, SkinnyFats already operates at Dean Martin Drive, close to Town Square, and 8680 W. Warm Springs Road in Spring Valley. Both locations are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. SkinnyFats promises their Centennial location is “coming soon.”