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Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 | 4:23 p.m.
It will be a set of opening-day celebrations for chef Gordon Ramsay when he’s back on the Strip in mid-December. We’ve already revealed that he’ll be here for the hoped-for Dec. 11 opening of his sleek, modern, London-styled gastropub Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. Now we officially hear that he’s staying on for the Dec. 17 opening of his Flame Burger overlooking the Strip and Extra Lounge’s north entrance at Planet Hollywood.
It was reported elsewhere that it would open in the spring, but not so -- now months earlier. Gordon will spend this weekend here to check the progress on both projects that follow the mega-success of Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris. Three in a year is great going -- and a Strip record for restaurant openings by one chef.
A sneak peek at the nearly 6,000-square-foot bistro indicates the feel of a diner with red counter stools and banquettes. There isn’t a soda fountain but instead self-serve beer-keg points in the main dining zone alongside the bar and lounge areas. Colors of every kind seem to be the order of the day with metal beams, aged ironwork and bronze lighting.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Is “Jersey Shore” star Jennie “JWoww” Farley considering an offer to star in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood when Coco Austin’s run wraps in March? Our exclusive Q+A with actor and rapper Ice-T’s wife -- who can’t wait to take it off! -- was posted today.
Are “Peepshow” producers dangling an offer for a huge comedy name to do a residency at the same Planet Hollywood theater as part of their expansion plans for the theater’s use?
Are Flamingo hotel executives auditioning candidates to take over the just-vacated Nathan Burton show slot?
Apologies, as I jumped ahead of myself in a reported deal with “Iron Chef” Morimoto to take over Japonais at the Mirage. Reliable sources now advise me that there have been conversations between the hotel and the chef -- but as of now no contract.
Congratulations to Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond, who celebrates her birthday this weekend.
Legendary comedy impersonator Rich Little takes a brief break from his pre-Broadway run at LVH to perform his “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” (with more than 30 celebrity voices) at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa., where the great film actor was born.
Kardashian mother superior Kris Jenner makes her first solo appearance at Kardashian Khaos boutique in the Mirage on Saturday just after noon to promote her personal memoir “Kris Jenner & All Things Kardashian.”
CityCenter President Bill McBeath will be honored Friday at the inaugural scholarship fundraising event of the new Las Vegas Business Academy created by my friend Rino Armeni. Michael Franti & Spearhead will provide entertainment after the chefs’ dine around at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Las Vegas comedy impersonator Stephen Sorrentino is feted in Hollywood tonight when he debuts his show “Voices in My Head” there. Doris Roberts, Debbie Reynolds, Joanne Worley, Kristin Dalton, Ann Jeffreys, Rip Taylor and Chuck Negron are expected on the red carpet.
Motley Crue rocker and hometown hero Vince Neil was able to take off the boot helping him heal from two fractured bones in his foot when we had dinner at STK in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. He’s back to a slipper and told me that he’ll be perfect again when the rockers head to Australia to resume the joint tour with KISS in January. Meantime, he has solo gigs and will promote his new line of vodka named after his many tattoos.
Lita Ford (Runaways), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and Kip Winger (Winger) of the Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, where Professor Vince is “teaching,” at MGM Grand took a break Wednesday to perform at the IMEX America convention at Sands Expo Convention Center.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was among the first to dine at the Strip’s newest restaurant, Javier’s at Aria, enjoying the regionally inspired Mexican cuisine from its hit Southern California and Los Cabos outposts. The politico was in the private dining area.
Bizarre comedy magician the Amazing Johnathan opens his SCREAMont Experiment at the downtown Las Vegas Club.
There’s more than 10 full-contact amateur MMA fights with Tuff-N-Uff athletes at the Pearl in the Palms to benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.
And the Pure Aloha fall festival at the Rio promises more than 100 island crafts, food vendors, merchandize booths and amusement park rides.
In our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview, the spotlight is on Madonna and her 2012 MDNA Tour two-night stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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