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Star chef Gordon Ramsay to open restaurant on The Strip

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Chef Gordon Ramsay at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace on Aug. 24, 2010.

Controversial star chef Gordon Ramsay is headed to The Strip with his first Las Vegas restaurant. Vegas DeLuxe has learned exclusively that the larger-than-life TV kitchen king has signed a deal with Caesars Entertainment.

I can confirm that he will open the Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse, taking over the current space occupied by Les Artistes at the Paris. That restaurant will shut down at the end of next month, and by June 1, Gordon will be ready to celebrate the grand opening of his upscale bistro.

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Rick Moonen, Gail Simmons and Hubert Keller at Vdara on Nov. 5, 2010.

Gordon is no stranger to Las Vegas. He filmed Season 2 of Hell’s Kitchen at Green Valley Ranch. When I talked with him after the finale during that time, he told me that he wanted to have a Las Vegas outpost eventually but was too busy then to plan it.

Now finally it will happen, and it’s coming amid many changes taking place at the Paris. Upcoming also in the spring will be the opening of the nightclub Chateau and the Sugar Factory retail and private party megastore.

“I think you will see Caesars slowly taking away the French overtones of the Paris with these moves,” I was reliably told. “Obviously, with the Tour Eiffel right there in the casino, you can’t ignore the French theme. But ‘les directions’ will become the directions in every way, and the staff will slowly phase out the French-language greetings.”

Hubert Keller reopens Fleur

In other restaurant news, star chef Hubert Keller reopened his restaurant Fleur (formerly Fleur de Lys) at Mandalay Bay with a tapas menu, and customers packed the open bar and seating area on the casino floor during the weekend. Next door, celebrity chef Charlie Palmer has shuttered his restaurant Aureole for a redesign and makeover so that upon reopening, the famous “ Flying Angels Wine Tower” will be visible to passers-by from the casino and en route to the Events Center.

Mandalay Bay also is promising a new Irish pub saloon, Ra Rai, to open on St. Patrick’s Day.

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  1. MGM and Caesars are really behind the trend and clearly need some new direction at the wheel. They are copying what is already out there and are even at the point of cannibalizing on there own concepts. Adding an Irish Pub to Mandalay Bay, while NYNY just re-opened one and City Center has one that is nothing to write home about. Caesars getting rid of the Paris theme at Paris is like getting rid of Mickey at Disneyland. Paris didn't have a lot going for it as it was, but to lose one of it's few gimmicks, such as, the cheesy greetings, is a sign that things are about to get rocky. How long do we give Gordon Ramsay to make it at Paris? His ego is too big for such a low-brow property. I don't even know how he got his head through the door to sign on the dotted line.

  2. Is Paris de-parising the place? Isn't that a little hard when the place is called 'Paris' and there is that gigantic Eifell tower in front of the place?? Good luck to Gordon,though.

  3. Good for Ramsay, it's about time he came to Vegas.

  4. Yes and he will be making the rounds at the tables in his Restaurant asking all of his patrons if they like their F-----g dinner! Just hope Paris does not mess with Mon Ami Gabi. It is a great Restaurant considering it's moderate price range.

  5. Welcome, Chef Ramsay, we can use all the help we can get.