Central at Caesars Palace Goes Pork Belly Up, Will Close Any Day Now

Central by Michel Richard restaurant at Caesars Palace recently filed for bankruptcy protection, but it wasn’t enough to keep the struggling restaurant operating. The high-profile restaurant will close within a week.

Central restaurant

Dibs on the hanging plate thingys.

Central filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in mid-July, according to our friends at Eater Vegas.

Bankruptcy protection can often stave off a closure as a business gets its stuff together, but it hasn’t transpired for Central. Despite its ideal location, just off the lobby at Caesars Palace, Central owes more than $1 million to creditors.

About a week ago, Central was put on notice it had 14 days to close, which means the restaurant will shutter for good any day now.

Central cocktail

We will miss both the cheese puffs and cocktails most. But mostly those last things.

Central by Michel Richard restaurant opened to much fanfare in September 2011. Its namesake chef, Michel Richard, is a James Beard Foundation award-winner and has helmed a number of acclaimed restaurants.

Investors contributed $4.5 million to build out Central at Caesars Palace.

There’s no word yet on what new restaurant concept might replace Central, but given recent trends, it’s likely Caesars Palace will be seeking out a celebrity chef with whom to collaborate.

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  • Steven Brown

    I wonder what restaurant or restaurants extend their hours to cover the late night hours since Central is Caesars only 24 hour restaurant. Payard Patisserie on Fridays and Saturdays is open 24 hours, so that could be the likely option. Or perhaps Serendipity 3 makes the shift to 24 hours until a replacement for Central opens (assuming that it would be a 24 hour restaurant).

    I never had a meal at Central, just appetizers while enjoying a tasty beverage or two at the bar.

    • The food was pretty good, but hadn’t visited in some time. That might be indicative of the problems.

  • You Can Bet on That

    I know this was at Caesars, but even so, it was WAY overpriced (at least for breakfast, which is the only thing I ever ate there).

    • Yep, that might have been the thing that tipped the scale.

  • Don McDonald

    Central was pretty average. I don’t think the 24 hour restaurant need to have a chef name tie in just great food available fairly quickly

    • It wasn’t too quick, but the quality was good. The price points were a tad high, though.

  • Vice

    While I enjoyed the food it was overly expensive. Around $25 for a small piece of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. You want a side salad with that? $8 extra and $4 for an iced tea. I bet the overly priced restaurants at the Linq fall this way as well.

    • Yeah, it was sort of mid-range for The Strip. Not sure why it was struggling, other than a prime location being expensive.

  • Brandon Edwardo Norberg

    We went there 1x for a simple soda and tea mid-day and it took 30 min at the bar. Got late night food to go and it took a hour for chicken tenders and a few other things based on the limited late night menu. Place was not even busy and the food was pretty sad. That place needed to go.