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L.A. Food Celebs Opening Restaurants In Vegas
Looks like two of our homegrown celebs, Giada De Laurentiis and Ludo Lefevbre, are going to be trying their luck in Las Vegas. But it won't be on the craps tables; the two are opening up brand spankin' new restaurants in Sin City.
Lefevbre, who many credit to starting the pop-up trend here in Los Angeles, will be opening up an oyster bar called Le Station, which will have a ticketing system similar to his new restaurant here in L.A., Trois Mec. He's partnering with Puoy Premsrirut, co-owner of Le Thai in Las Vegas on the project. The concept will have a unique ordering system to keep things new and fresh.
Says Eater LA:
You can order online or at the window and receive a ticketed time for when a table and your food will be ready ... If people get caught up and miss their reservation, we will pack up their food and it will be ready and waiting for them when they come by.
Not sure how much we're looking forward to a dozen oysters to-go, but a lobster roll wouldn't be half bad after getting schwastey playing the slots.
While Lefevbre is no stranger to the restaurant world, this will be celebrity chef De Laurentiis' first. The stakes will be high as the Food Network star and UCLA alum, who during her pre-TV career had worked at Wolfgang Puck's Spago.
Her restaurant will be on the second floor of the new Gansevoort Hotel, which in and of itself is a highly-anticpated project since construction on Vegas properties pretty much halted because the city's economy was so decimated by the recession. There hasn't been much opening since the super swank Cosmopolitan Hotel was unveiled on New Years Eve in 2011.
De Laurentiis' place will be a Cali-Italian theme, tracing back to her family's Italian roots and Southern California upbringing. It will be designed by the Studio Collective, who designed the gorgeous, spacious room at the new RivaBella as well as the super hip Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Like RivaBella, the restaurant will be big. 300 seats big, in fact.