Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 | 1:31 p.m.
Fiery celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay jetted into town Tuesday to celebrate the double anniversaries of his Las Vegas restaurants Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood.
A personalized birthday ice sculpture was on display at Pub & Grill, and Gordon toasted with his favorite beer Innis & Gunn. His casual dining venue was named in the Top 10 New & Notable Restaurants by travel survey Gayot, and Gordon noted that in its first year, the Caesars hotspot served more than 240,000 pints of beer on tap.
The BurGR team at Planet Hollywood built an impressive birthday cake in the shape of one of his high choice beef cut burgers for Gordon to slice up and serve. He presented them with commemorative pint glasses to mark the first anniversary of the two venues, which opened within days of each other in 2012.
As of Tuesday, Gordon Ramsay BurGR has served more than 500,000 customers and 466,000 burgers, not including the fish and crisp sandwiches and Devil Dawgs. The half-million mark for burgers should be surpassed in less than three weeks.
Before the day-and-night celebrations wound down, Gordon visited the newly opened champagne lounge Fizz across the floor from Pub & Grill. Fizz has its gala opening in the spring when its creator, David Furnish, husband of Caesars headliner Sir Elton John, returns with the legend’s “Million Dollar Piano” performances at the Colosseum.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.