Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 7:30 p.m.
Wolfgang Puck's chefs
Hot off the grill!
Celebrated chef Bradley Ogden opens his restaurant Hops and Harvest on Friday, but not on the Strip. He’s selected Tivoli Village in Summerlin for his first foray into the Las Vegas suburbs.
“Call it relaxed dining,” he told me Wednesday in the final throes of preparing to open the doors. “It’s lifestyle, organic, natural fresh food in a great, comfortable environment. It will be casual, sort of a pub featuring dishes using produce from local farmers markets. The wine list will reflect more California styles but also beers, 26 domestic on tap and others imported, beers that reflect that growing market segment.”
Since shutting his namesake restaurant at Caesars Palace, which became Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Bradley has started a new company and this year will open four more restaurants — in Houston, Menlo Park and Palo Alto near the San Francisco Bay Area and his Santa Barbara home base. His son Bryan heads an initial team of three chefs who worked at the Caesars restaurant. At Hops & Harvest, he is partnered with my friend, former Planet Hollywood President Bill Feather.
H&H, with its Midwest farm-to-table theme, has 204 seats spread through one main room, one private dining room and an outside terrace. It will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Bradley said it’s been a fast opening for him: “Just six months from when they called me. It’s a nice place — and growing. It’s very comfortable, there’s a lot of growth potential. We have a great location when you first come in, and there’s a little market there every Saturday. We’ve already talked to local farmers, and they are on board with us for the menus.
“We’re very excited to be back in Las Vegas, even though we haven’t been away that long. I’ve always liked Summerlin, and it’s better than dealing with all the corporate requirements on the Strip. These casual food environments really focus on the local clientele who deal with the Strip less and less.”
WOLF’S 20TH: More than 350 foodies, all fans of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, turned up for his Sip and Savor fundraiser celebration of his restaurant Spago’s 20th anniversary Wednesday night. It was a staggering feast of food, and champagnes and wines were poured nonstop, with proceeds benefiting Keep Memory Alive, which itself celebrated its 17th anniversary of its first dinner held at Spago.
All of Wolf’s chefs and his Las Vegas Managing Partners Tom Kaplan and David Robbins posed on the staircase for our exclusive Vegas DeLuxe photos, and Wolf promptly tweeted the shot.
NO. 2 FOR BOBBY? I am hearing strong rumors that star chef Bobby Flay will open his second Las Vegas restaurant later this year, but this time at Crystals in CityCenter. He has told his staff at Mesa Grill that he’s renewed the five-year lease there to stay through 2019. Bobby was the first celebrity chef to start the Caesars star team after Wolf opened Spago in the adjacent Forum Shops.
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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.