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Chef Alex Stratta’s Alex at the Wynn to close its doors Jan. 15

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The unveiling of James Rosenquist’s painting Cervello Spazio Cosmico (Brain Space) at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Nov. 20, 2010. Chefs Alex Stratta, Joel Robuchon and Paul Bartolotta with Larry Ruvo.

Foodies, get a tissue.

Alex Stratta’s beacon of French cuisine at Wynn Las Vegas is closing. The nearly 6-year-old Alex restaurant will close its doors after service Jan. 15, giving diners just seven days (Alex is open Wednesdays through Saturdays) to stop by and pay homage to the Michelin two-star restaurant.

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Alex Stratta and Jet Tila at the Top Chef Las Vegas viewing party at Daniel Boulud Brasserie in the Wynn on Nov. 18, 2009.

“I’m really bummed out,” Stratta said this afternoon. “It was a good run. I guess it was just time.”

The lavish restaurant has been one of the jewels of the Wynn’s dining program, winning Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Five Star Awards and AAA Five Diamond Awards for the past five years, along with the highly coveted Michelin two-star rating in 2008 and 2009.

A Wynn representative pointed to the strains of the economy as the reason for the restaurant’s closing, adding that “high-end French dining is not what people want these days.” Stratta will stay on with the resort to continue running his more casual, Italian-influenced restaurant Stratta -- and perhaps to work on yet-to-be-determined projects.

For Las Vegans with a love of fine cooking, the next week and a half offers the last chance to descend Alex’s elegant stairs and sample Stratta’s impeccable French fare. It’s an opportunity worth seizing, at any price.

This story first ran on Las Vegas Weekly.

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  1. I think it is kind of ironic that Vegas itself gambled and lost. thewhaletrainer