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Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant to Open at Caesars Palace

Long-standing rumors have finally been confirmed with the official announcement Gordon Ramsay and Caesars Entertainment will open Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace.

Ramsay’s new Las Vegas restaurant is expected to open by Dec. 1, 2017.

Gordon Ramsay

Fun fact: If you combined all the discarded soap from all the hotel rooms in Las Vegas, there wouldn’t be enough to wash out the mouth of Gordon Ramsay.

The new Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will move into the space formerly occupied by Serendipity 3, and its placeholder replacement, Stripside Cafe & Bar.

As this blog was the first to report, because we have nothing more interesting going on in our life, Serendipity 3 closed in January 2017, then re-opened shortly thereafter as Stripside.

Hell's Kitchen restaurant

Serendipitously, when Serendipity 3 closed, its ceiling was decked out in the same colors of the Union Jack, a popular design in Ramsay’s U.K.-themed restaurants like Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at Linq.

Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will be celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s fifth collaboration with Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas.

The other restaurants are Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris, the recently-renamed Gordon Ramsay Burger (formerly BurGR) at Planet Hollywood, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at Linq promenade and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.

It’s unknown if Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will continue to operate at Caesars Palace, but we have the sneaking suspicion it won’t given it ranks at the bottom of the otherwise stellar list of Ramsay offerings in Sin City.

Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will be inspired by (wait for it) “Hell’s Kitchen,” the reality TV cooking competition show on Fox.

Hell's Kitchen restaurant

Gordon Ramsay has little in common with his intense “Hell’s Kitchen” persona. Doubt that? Watch “Masterchef Junior.”

A number of past “Hell’s Kitchen” winners have taken positions in Las Vegas restaurants, with varying degrees of success. “Hell’s Kitchen” has been on the air for an impressive 16 seasons and was recently renewed for two more.

Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will be the first-of-its-kind and will have seating inside and out for about 300 people. The restaurant will boast a daily themed brunch, dinner and bar menu.

Hell's Kitchen restaurant

We have consumed any number of cocktails on this patio. Hopefully, Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will make the most of it.

Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will “shine the spotlight on many of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ cast and chef recipes and dishes featured on the show, including many of Chef Ramsay’s signature dishes.”

The new restaurant space will be designed by Jeffrey Beers International, whomever that might actually be.

As is required by law in Las Vegas, the restaurant is being billed as “an experiential and immersive destination restaurant.” Guests will “feel transported to the studio set, as if they are participating in the globally popular television show.”

We’re a huge fan of chef Gordon Ramsay and “Hell’s Kitchen,” so this new dining offering on the Las Vegas Strip is a welcome addition.

Serendipity 3 closed

No word yet on what might happen to the giant Tiffany lamp.

Ultimately, of course, Gordon Ramsay will have virtually zero to do with the day-to-day operation of the restaurant. The chef gets a five percent cut of each restaurant’s gross sales in exchange for showing up for photo ops at least one day a year. (Ramsay says he was in Las Vegas 18 times in 2016.)

Thankfully, the mojo is strong with the food and beverage folks at Caesars Entertainment who ultimately manage the Ramsay collaborations.

We trust Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will be “spot on,” as the chef likes to say. Along with “You donkey,” but mostly that first thing.

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Commissary Restaurant at Downtown Grand Closes, Converts to eSports Lounge

The long-struggling Commissary After Dark restaurant at the Downtown Grand resort has closed.

The space is still being used, however. The restaurant’s tables and chairs have been removed, and now the space has been reconfigured as the Downtown Underground eSports Lounge.

Commissary

Out with the underperforming restaurant, in with the millennials playing first person shooters.

The eSports lounge could once be found in the former high limit slot room in the casino at Downtown Grand.

Moving the eSports lounge across the street makes some sense given the fact eSports tends to draw a younger crowd, but only those 21 and older can be in a casino. The move to the former Commissary space means another, even younger, crop of video game competitors and enthusiasts can join in the fun.

The Downtown Underground eSports Lounge hosts events and tournaments Fridays and Saturdays, 4:00 p.m. to midnight.

Downtown Underground eSports

For better or worse, everybody in Vegas is jumping on the eSports bandwagon, but Downtown Grand was way ahead of the pack.

You can stay abreast of all things eSports at Downtown Grand on the official Facebook page of the Downtown Underground eSports Lounge.

Downtown Grand had big plans for Commissary After Dark when it opened, including using the space as a nightlife venue. In recent months, the restaurant had been reduced to serving coffee and snacks for a few hours each morning.

There are tons of great dining options in the immediate vicinity of the closed Commissary, including Freedom Beat inside Downtown Grand, the reliably excellent Triple George Grill and the incomparable, must-try Pizza Rock.

Who knows if eSports is going to be a thing for Las Vegas casinos. If it is, though, now it has a new place to be it. A thing, that is. Please try and keep up.

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World’s Largest Hooters to Close at Palms Resort

Rumors we’d heard back in January 2017 appear to be true. The world’s largest Hooters restaurant is set to close at Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas.

Hooters restaurant opened at Palms Las Vegas in June 2015, and is expected to close May 11, 2017.

At 15,200-square-feet, the Palms location was touted as the world’s largest.

Hooters at Palms

Don’t freak out. Las Vegas still has a good number of Hooters.

Hooters management and employees were given a 30-day notification of the restaurant’s closure around April 11, 2017.

Following this story, representatives of Palms confirmed the restaurant will close, stating “Hooters will be closing in the coming weeks to make way for exciting new enhancements we are planning for The Palms.”

The closure of Hooters doesn’t come as a huge surprise, and not just because of rumors it was struggling.

Hooters at Palms Vegas

Any excuse to share a photo of Hooters girls works for us.

In May 2016, Palms was purchased by Station Casinos (Red Rock Resorts, Inc.) for $312.5 million, and a number of restaurant and venue rebrands are in the works at the resort.

There’s no word on what will replace the world’s biggest Hooters, possibly the best sentence we’ve ever written, to be honest.

Thanks to Jeff G. for the tip on this scoop.

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Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse to Close on Las Vegas Strip

A fixture on the Las Vegas Strip, Smith & Wollensky restaurant, is set to close on May 26, 2017.

The three-floor steakhouse, with its distinctive facade, is located across from Monte Carlo resort.

Smith & Wollensky

Thanks a lot, Smith & Wollensky, for photobombing our picture of these palms trees.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, there are plans in the works for Smith & Wollensky to open in another location, but no specifics been provided by the restaurant.

The Smith & Wollensky steakhouse on the Las Vegas Strip is one of nine locations throughout the U.S. and U.K. The chain was founded in 1977 by partners Alan Stillman and Ben Benson. Stillman is best known for creating T.G.I. Friday’s.

Surprisingly, Smith & Wollensky isn’t named after people. Those names were chosen randomly from a Manhattan phone book. (Note to millennials: Yes, people used to look up phone numbers in books.)

The announcement of the very first Smith & Wollensky restaurant used the names Charlie Smith and Ralph Wollensky, but founder Alan Stillman later confided Charlie and Ralph were the names of his dogs.

Dog

This is neither Charlie nor Ralph. We just like dogs.

Smith & Wollensky opened on the Las Vegas Strip in December 1998. The restaurant chain changed hands in March 2016.

A rep for Smith & Wollensky said it’s anticipated the company will share information about their new location closer to the restaurant’s closing date, but that remains to be seen. Smith & Wollensky is a rare free-standing steakhouse on The Strip (we can’t think of another one that’s not inside a hotel-casino), and we’ve never heard much about it, good or bad.

The reason for the restaurant’s closure is unknown, but a good rule of thumb is financially successful restaurants don’t tend to close in Las Vegas.

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Third Las Vegas Chick-fil-A Opens On the Down-Low

When the first two Chick-fil-A restaurants opened in Las Vegas (or the general vicinity), Sin City went nuts.

The flood of pent-up demand for the chain’s glorious chicken sandwiches in Nevada caused traffic jams and was a brutal time for Chick-fil-A team members. Teams of off-duty police officers did crowd control and directed traffic.

The honchos at Chick-fil-A apparently decided to avoid the crush of customers with it’s third restaurant in Vegas. The new location, across from Palace Station, sidestepped the hype and has deftly managed to balance tons of business with short wait times, an easier pace for staffers and, well, sanity.

Chick-fil-A

Hey, we had to stop by before Chick-fil-A opened. It’s sort of our thing.

Despite the lack of hysteria at the new Chick-fil-A, we understand from an employee, “We’re still hitting the numbers.” Chick-fil-A is the most profitable fast food chain in the country, by the way.

The third Chick-fil-A in Las Vegas will look very familiar to those who have visited the existing locations. The floorplan is exactly the same at all three locations.

Chick-fil-A Rancho

Just the way we like it, with as few obstructions between us and our fries as possible.

The one difference at the Rancho Drive and Sahara Ave. location is the absence of a children’s play room. This small change is about the only thing that could make a Chick-fil-A even better.

And having Chick-fil-A in town is about the only thing that could make Las Vegas better.

Chick-fil-A

If anyone else had done this, we’d be steamed. In this case, though, we’re pickle juice brined. Allegedly.

Despite the newest Chick-fil-A opening recently (March 30, 2017), the overtime cops have already been dismissed, and team members are delivering meals in three to five minutes, tops, whether inside the restaurant or in the drive-through (60% of a Chick-fil-A’s business).

It’s expected there will eventually be 10 Chick-fil-A locations in Las Vegas over the next few years. We anticipate giving every single one the once-over. At the very least. The sacrifices we make for you.

Chick-fil-A sandwich

Never make us choose between a Chick-fil-A sandwich and the life of a loved one. It will not go well for the loved one.

Enjoy more photos from both before the Chick-fil-A opening and the just-after opening. Because, for some, Chick-fil-A isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a fetish. Which, by the way, isn’t necessarily sexual. A fetish can also be “an inanimate object worshiped for its supposed magical powers.” So, let’s just say it’s that second thing so we don’t get blacklisted.

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BurGR Restaurant at Planet Hollywood Gets Rebrand, Now Gordon Ramsay Burger

It seemed like a good idea at the time. BurGR restaurant at Planet Hollywood has dropped its awkward name and is now simply Gordon Ramsay Burger.

BurGR was an attempt to integrate Gordon Ramsay’s initials (the “GR” part, please try and keep up) into the name of the popular Strip restaurant, but it’s likely Caesars Entertainment found the subtle reference more difficult to market than just using the celebrity chef’s name outright.

Gordon Ramsay Burger

“Less clever, more cheddar,” some food and beverage executive said, probably.

There’s been no official announcement of the name change, we’re just really observant. And clearly have too much free time.

The signage at Gordon Ramsay Burger has already been switched out, and menus and other printed materials also reflect the new name.

Even the official Web site for the restaurant has been scrubbed clean of the BurGR name.

Gordon Ramsay Burger

When it comes to naming restaurants, it’s best to just whip out your big gun.

Gordon Ramsay has a stellar record with his Las Vegas restaurants, all in partnership with Caesars Entertainment.

Besides the excellent Gordon Ramsay Burger, his winning collaborations are Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at Linq promenade. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill has gotten fewer rave reviews, but is still holding steady Caesars Palace.

Gordon Ramsay Burger

At Gordon Ramsay Burger, we even like the burgers with stuff on them, and we are not a stuff person.

There have been recent rumors Ramsay could take over the recently rebranded Serendipity 3 space for a “Hell’s Kitchen” concept, but at the moment that space is Stripside Cafe & Bar.

Whatever you call it, BurGR or Gordon Ramsay Burger, it gets our vote for the best burgers on The Strip, and that’s saying something in a town where epic burgers abound.

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