If you thought the economic bust that landed with a thud in September 2008 killed Las Vegas’s hunger for upscale chefs, think again. The much-ballyhooed City Center opened in December 2009 with an imposing culinary roster, including a Michelin three-star chef from France, Pierre Gagnaire. Now comes news that yet another lavish new casino is betting that the dining public wants even more.
When it opens later this year, the 2,995-room Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will offer restaurants from chefs who might be considered insider favorites. All of them are new to Las Vegas. They may not have famous names from TV, but the ones mentioned in a brief announcement this week should perk up the ears of smart foodies.
Among them are David Myers, who announced last month that he is closing his signature Los Angeles restaurant, Sona, to revamp it while he opens a new Sona-style restaurant in Tokyo. The chef is bringing a version of Comme Ça, his hugely popular French bistro in Los Angeles, to the Cosmopolitan.
Restaurateur Costas Spiliadis signed a deal to bring his excellent New York Greek seafood restaurant, Estiatorio Milos, to Las Vegas. This sounds like a very workable idea. Milos displays the bounty of the sea on ice and grills it for a super-fresh experience. As Paul Bartolotta proved at his Italian seafood restaurant in the Wynn resort, getting fresh fish to the desert fast can be done. Why not Greek? It’s from the same sea.
Speaking of Italy, Scott Conant is slated to do a casual wine bar. Conant currently is wowing New York with his Scarpetta restaurant in Manhattan.
Bruce and Eric Bromberg, whose Blue Ribbon restaurants in downtown New York and Brooklyn include sushi bars, bakeries and brasseries that serve rack of lamb and matzo ball soup on the same menu, will have a prominent spot, too.
One more big name, and it might be the biggest yet, will not be revealed until next month because the chef’s current contract prohibits any announcements until then. He is a star on both coasts. Think extreme cuisine.
Tim Mc Donald — Napa,CA — April 9, 2010 5:15pm ET
Harvey Steiman — San Francisco, CA — April 9, 2010 10:32pm ET
Claude Boulanger — Montreal, Quebec — April 17, 2010 6:11pm ET
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