Wolfgang Puck Teams With Vegas Golden Knights Players for Sports Restaurant

Doubt our sources at your peril, as we’ve broken yet another story and it’s probably a good time to remind you of the incontrovertible adage, “It’s not bragging if it’s true.”

We were the first to share Wolfgang Puck will close his Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Downtown Summerlin (about 15 minutes west of The Strip) and the celebrity chef will re-open the venue as a sports restaurant and lounge.

Wolfgang Puck Downtown Summerlin

Solid food, prices a tad too high, good time for a refresh.

In addition, Wolfgang Puck will launch his new effort in partnership with team members of the Vegas Golden Knights. The hockey team. That’s the sport with the ice and the pummeling.
Some people are into it.

Our scoop was immediately confirmed by Tom Kaplan, Senior Managing Partner of Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining.

Wolfgang Puck Vegas Golden Knights

Props to Mr. Kaplan for making this announcement on Twitter. News releases can suck it.

Boom, as the kids say.

Let us be the first one to point out the fact someone with the last name of Puck is teaming up with hockey players. You’re welcome. (Yes, his real last name is Topfschnig. Don’t be a buzzkill.)

The official statement, of course, glosses over the fact restaurants don’t rebrand if they’re doing booming business.

The Downtown Summerlin shopping center is awash in dining options, creating business challenges for dozens of restaurants, even those bearing the names of bigtime chefs.

Downtown Summerlin has 30-plus dining options, and the neighboring Red Rock Resort has an additional 15 or so. Translation: That’s a lot, and a number of good restaurants have gone under, including Crave, Casa Del Matador, Fogo de Chao and others.

We were the first to share another struggling restaurant, Andiron Steak & Sea, will close for at least two months for an overhaul.

As for the new Wolfgang Puck concept, we can all agree the company’s assertion this effort will be “the city’s first true sports restaurant and lounge” is hooey. That aside, having Vegas Golden Knights players involved certainly won’t hurt the chances of success (the team’s practice facility is 30 seconds away).

It also can’t hurt to have a culinary icon doing the menu!

We met Wolfgang Puck a couple of times, he’s a hoot.

Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck is widely credited with making badass restaurants in Las Vegas a thing.

While details about the new Wolfgang Puck concept are few, we’re going to make a wild guess there will be TVs. In Las Vegas, it’s the law.

We trust there will also be puckball-themed food items like: “Barnburner Burgers,” “Clapper Snapper,” “Sin Bin Potato Skins,” “Goon Guac,” “Hat Trick Fish Sticks” and “Faceoff Beef Stroganoff.” Not too shabby for making up that list while inebriated.

We’re looking forward to checking out the new Wolfgang Puck sports restaurant and lounge when it opens, yes, despite the sports part. It’s flipping Wolfgang Puck.

9 thoughts on “Wolfgang Puck Teams With Vegas Golden Knights Players for Sports Restaurant

  1. Lookie Loo

    “Celebrity” chef is involved? That’s all I need to know. Not interested.

    Oh, it’s a “true sports restaurant & lounge.”

    That changes nothing.

    Oh, it’s in Summerlin. Well then, it won’t be as expensive as some overpriced joint on the strip with Ramsay’s name on it.

    Still not interested.

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  2. Emeril L.

    Gordon Ramsay could put his name on a CVS and it would drive 30 percent more traffic to that location.

    Gordon Ramsay could put his name on a Denny’s inside any strip casino and people would pay $20 for the Moons Over My Hammy.

    Gordon Ramsay could put his name on a popcorn stand and he’d have a line 100 deep for a product they give away free at a sports bar.

    Wolfgang Puck has to go to Summerlin and put his name on a sports bar in order to remind people he’s still alive.

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    1. baadmaster

      Vegas will always change: What everybody is missing here is that the Park MGM — a motel/hotel crafted by bean counters for Millenials — is the first of the “post-Vegas” Vegas hotels. Room service on styrofoam plates? Frank and Sammy would freak; Millenials only care that the rooms are close to the concert venue or the hockey stadium. They are used to Motel Six and only care if their seats are close to Lady GaGa. If you do not know old Vegas — and I am not talking ages ago but a mere five years — then no front desk is no big deal. It is the way things are done.

      Casino-wise: Millenials do not gamble and if they do they could care less about triple zero roulette wheels out to fleece them. And they can play video games (which is what slot machines have become) at home for free.

      As to clubs, because of the faddishness of youth, the heyday of the clubs might have passed. More than likely, Club kids would rather buy expensive GaGa seats than expensive bottle service that gives them the privilege of being rejected by the star-f*ckers who would rather go home alone than with anyone short of Liam Hemsworth.

      The only thing I can say rates by classic Vegas standards is EATALY. That rocks. Other than that, if you are looking for anything remotely approximating the legendary Vegas customer service, you will have to pay through the nose. Sheldon, Wynn and Encore still do it right. MGM = Millenial Grand Motels!
      This is the new Vegas. Accept it or be gone!

      And that is my two cents worth.

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      1. Lookie Loo

        What does this have to do with the fact that Wolfgang Puck is no longer a celebrity chef? Are you saying Gordon Ramsay will be a ghost on the Vegas strip in 15 years?

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      2. LA WB

        baadmaster, interesting and valid take. I also came to the conclusion five years or so ago that the Las Vegas of the 80s and 90s that I visited is no more, and likely nevermore. Some vestiges can be found (Golden Steer, Hugh’s Cellar) but I agree, accept it or be gone. Time marches on.

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        1. Buffalo Bill

          I THINK MOST OF US AGREE THAT VEGAS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. WE ALL KNOW THAT CASINO GAMBLING CAN BE HAD IN EVERY OTHER STATE, THAT YOU CAN BUY LOTTERY TICKETS AND OTHER STUFF IN MANY STATES, AND NOW YOU CAN SPORTS BET IN STATES OUTSIDE OF NEVADA. WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE WILL PAY BIG MONEY FOR LADY GAGA TICKETS. WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE WILL PAY PLENTY FOR FINE DINING IN VEGAS, AND THE CASINOS AREN’T INTERESTED IN DRAWING YOU CHEAP ASS INTO THE CASINO WITH A $2.99 STEAK AND EGGS. THANK YOU FOR POINTING OUT THE OBVIOUS

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    2. alex

      Whether you accept it or not, Wolfgang is a celebrity chef. He’s also 70 years old. He has restaurants across the globe and he’s worth an estimated $90 million. He has nothing to prove.

      That said, it’s not a zero sum game. Both Gordon Ramsay and Wolfgang Puck can be celebrity chefs.

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